11/11/19 Interview with Pamela Howard OBE: The Ballad of the Cosmo Café

From Cricklyvich to Vimblybush and beyond Sophie Rashbrook It all started with a drawing. As a student in the late 1950s, and a novice to London’s transport system, Pamela Howard was too nervous to take the bus or tube to her art classes at Slade School of Fine Arts. Instead, she preferred to walk the … Continue reading 11/11/19 Interview with Pamela Howard OBE: The Ballad of the Cosmo Café

15/10/19 Musical Storytelling in Purfleet

7 Observations on Participatory Art Sophie Rashbrook On a soggy Sunday morning, driving through an industrial estate in Purfleet, Essex, I hadn’t expected to turn left at Carpetright and be greeted with a complex of buildings dedicated to arts and culture. Yet there they were. Looming mirage-like out of the greyness was the huge curved … Continue reading 15/10/19 Musical Storytelling in Purfleet

04/10/19 Opera is… making a paper boat

Reflections on the RESEO conference, Brussels, 26-28 September Sophie Rashbrook “Who would like to make a paper boat?” asks Italian director Laura Fatini. By this point in the RESEO conference, my fellow delegates and I have sung in harmony and participated in a dance workshop together, so a spot of origami feels natural. Seated in … Continue reading 04/10/19 Opera is… making a paper boat