Sound, resonance and listening

Saturday 21 September 2019


The course

This course is a multi-sensory and multi-disciplinary approach to understanding sound and how we listen. Looking at how we can appreciate sound to a greater level in order to understand the past and also to expand our own creativity, personal development and appreciation of the natural environment in the modern world.

Historical and archaeological evidence will be used to help develop this knowledge alongside practical activities involving playing basic instruments (such as drums and gongs), meditation, singing ancient English songs and chants. We can also expand our creativity by combining imagination and sound to create art, as well as inverting the process to use sight to inspire music. Sacred sound will feature significantly in this process.

We normally describe history through visual means, and trust evidence by sight, “seeing is believing”, whilst ignoring this vital sense. We can learn from the auditory record and develop ourselves by combining our senses, with a greater importance given to listening.

No musical experience is required, but an open-minded approach and creative attitude is essential.

The tutors

Jez Smith is a period musician, playing a range of historical instruments, including various bagpipes, hurdy gurdy, nyckelharpa, lute, lute guitar, gittern and others instruments. He also work as a historic life interpreter at the museum and researches into social history and music from the past.

Participant information

Everything will be provided.


£70 per person, including tuition, teas and coffees. The Museum café will be open for lunch or alternatively participants can bring their own packed lunch.



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