Explore a range of music making practices for devised theatre and ensemble music; reimagined for enthusiasts and established music practitioners in a laboratory environment. The masterclass will focus on different performative and musical elements: experimental ensemble and singing/chorus work, collaborative composition, voice in space, soundscape and narrative building. The masterclass is designed to facilitate participants to take an active role in co-creation and to culminate in a short devised musical ‘scene’ which will be collaboratively created in the space.
Sandeep Gurrapadi is an American operatic tenor, educator and composer with experience in the UK, Europe, India, China and America. Sandeep has premiered leading roles in new opera at the Téte a Téte festival, Grimeborn festival, Southbank Centre - UK, Royal Academy of Music, Royal Opera House and London Festival of American Music - amongst many others. He has been invited to perform as a soloist in venues ranging from the Beijing National Stadium (Dialogue for Asian Civilizations Conference for the Chinese President), to the Beaumaris Festival of Wales and the Royal Opera House of Mumbai. In 2022, Sandeep was an understudy in the highly acclaimed opera Violet for the Aldeburgh Festival with the London Sinfonietta (produced by Britten Pears Arts and Royal Opera House - Covent Garden). He then went on to originate roles in the productions Witchfinder by Cohere Arts, Meal One by 509 Arts [UK wide tour] and Silver Spoon by Keynote Opera. Whilst in India, Sandeep will be performing in recitals for the Art Song Festival alongside soprano and artistic director Nina Kanter in cities across the country. As an experienced facilitator, Sandeep has worked with organizations such as Streetwise Opera, KM Music Conservatory, English National Opera (Baylis), Trinity Laban Conservatoire - London and the Singapore Raffles Music College. Alongside performing, Sandeep is also a doctoral researcher with the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he is investigating music facilitation practices within the context of exploring third space identity and intercultural artistic partnerships. Further info: www.sandeepgurrapadi.comRead more
Nina Kanter is a soprano, educator and producer from London. Recent appearances include Tatiana (Eugene Onegin) for Instant Opera and concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia Chorus. She is the vocal coach for Teddington Choral Society and musical director for various London choirs. Nina is director of the Art Song Festival, India’s first festival celebrating performers and composers of Western Classical song. Previously she taught at KM Music Conservatory, Chennai, where she founded the Vox Madras chamber choir. Nina has performed in opera and concerts throughout Europe, including at the Aldeburgh Festival and Oxford Lieder Festival. She studied at Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music, and with English National Opera and Glyndebourne Opera. A prizewinner in the 2018 North International Music Competition, Nina was a Britten-Pears Young Artist, an Opera Prelude Artist and an ENOA Artist at Polish National Opera. Nina previously worked in arts outreach, and is passionate about music education.Read more