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Fiona Robertson (Violin) – West Buckland Festival #ndevon

Fiona is currently studying violin under Jan Repko, at the Royal College of Music in London.  She has won several prizes including the Ailie Cullen Memorial Prize, and the John Fyfe Trophy at the 2009 Glasgow Music Festival, and was a winner at the Chetham’s Concerto Competition in 2010. Recent solo performances include Berg’s Violin Concerto with Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall, and Vaughan William’s ‘The Lark Ascending’ with the Scottish Festival Orchestra, in a concert given by the City of Glasgow Chorus in Glasgow’s City Halls. Last December, she performed Bruch’s violin concerto with the Glasgow Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Peter Cynfryn Jones.    

Fiona is also active in various chamber groups including the Robertson Ensemble, which has recently given a series of concerts in Sheffield, Cambridge and Poland, performing a variety of works including Benjamin Britten’s 2nd string quartet and the Kodaly Duo for violin and cello. In 2011, her quartet performed live on the BBC Radio Three programme ‘In Tune’, playing works by Brahms and Haydn. Recently Fiona took part in the NYOS Camerata Uist Residency, which enabled the members of the orchestra to create and conduct their own music workshops for school-aged children.

She has performed in masterclasses with Alina Ibragimova, Christoph Richter, Pavel Fischer, and members of the Carducci and Smith quartets.

Fiona is delighted to have been invited back to perform at the West Buckland Festival.


Friday 20th September At 7.30p.m. in St Peter’s Church

Friday Night Is Music Night

A Concert of Popular Classical Music with a group of highly talented singers and musicians.

Cheryl Brandish – soprano ~ John Hobbs – baritone
Andrew Daldorph – piano
Fiona Robertson – violin ~ Neil Hamilton – brass

Tickets (including refreshments) £12.00 in advance, £13.00 on the door, £6.00 for children under 14. Tickets Here

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In Morgue Studio

It is really difficult to get your name and art out there on the web – it appears that the only way forward is to get links on high ranking sites.

For 3 years now I have had a blog that promotes Art and Music called SystemCulture.org which has been promoting the independent artist and musician.

Why not promote your MUSIC or  ART for FREE on this blog by becoming a guest blogger. All you have to do is paste this code WP1917 into the form after your name and type in your promotional text and press send. Form Here

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This%20WindowIn 2009 A free download of ‘You Have The Power‘ by This Window was made possible by Microsoft. There were 1,000s of other FREE songs were available to download. These free downloads (m4a and mp3) were all from ReverbNation artists and made possible through the Sponsored Songs program. These songs were EXCLUSIVE to the program, which meant you would have to pay to get these downloads from anywhere else.

This was a fantastic success with thousands of copies of the track being downloaded, which helped sell other artworks.

Morgue Studio Demos (CDr)


Label: M4TR Productions
Catalog#: M4tr008
Format: CDr Limited Edition
Country: UK
Released: 20 May 2008
Genre: Rock
Style: Art Rock, Goth Rock
Credits: Bass – Jake Bright
Note The first four tracks on this CD were recorded between March and May 2008 at Morgue Studio and the fifth is a section from This Window’s 30 minute live set which was streamed (via the Internet) to the Plac.Art.X event in Leerer Beutel/ Regensburg Germany on the 18th August 2007. This CD is a limited release of 100.Read review of Morgue Studio Demos by Mick Mercer

Tracklisting:

1 Where Is My Jesus? (3:30)
2 Is It A Dream? (3:12)
3 You Have The Power (3:02)
4 Avocets (3:45)
5 (live) Salle De Bain (2:21)

Beauty and the Beast

£51.12

Media: Painting and Screen Print on canvas, signed and dated 2011.

Size: 400mm x 400mm

Buy here…

This Window – free Microsoft download

This%20WindowIn 2009 A free download of ‘You Have The Power‘ by This Window was made possible by Microsoft. There were 1,000s of other FREE songs were available to download. These free downloads (m4a and mp3) were all from ReverbNation artists and made possible through the Sponsored Songs program. These songs were EXCLUSIVE to the program, which meant you would have to pay to get these downloads from anywhere else.

This was a fantastic success with thousands of copies of the track being downloaded, which helped sell other artworks.

Morgue Studio Demos (CDr)

Label: M4TR Productions
Catalog#: M4tr008
Format: CDr Limited Edition
Country: UK
Released: 20 May 2008
Genre: Rock
Style: Art Rock, Goth Rock
Credits: Bass – Jake Bright
Note The first four tracks on this CD were recorded between March and May 2008 at Morgue Studio and the fifth is a section from This Window’s 30 minute live set which was streamed (via the Internet) to the Plac.Art.X event in Leerer Beutel/ Regensburg Germany on the 18th August 2007. This CD is a limited release of 100.Read review of Morgue Studio Demos  by Mick Mercer

Tracklisting:

1 Where Is My Jesus? (3:30)
2 Is It A Dream? (3:12)
3 You Have The Power (3:02)
4 Avocets (3:45)
5 (live) Salle De Bain (2:21)

Beauty and the Beast

£51.12

Media: Painting and Screen Print on canvas, signed and dated 2011.Size: 400mm x 400mmBuy here…

Cassette Culture an art network

Cassette Culture was an offshoot of the mail art movement of the 1970s and 1980s, it emerged from the DIY ethic of punk. In the UK cassette culture was born during the post-punk period, 1978–1984, extending through the late ’80s and into the ’90s. It was a postal-based network identical to the mail art scene.

The packaging and designing of the insert sleeve of cassette releases was an important part of the movement, a high degree of creativity and originality was visable in the execution of the overall appearence of the prioduct. Most of the  packaging relied on traditional plastic shells with a photocopied “J-card” insert but some artists broke away from the restrictive dimensions of the audio cassette format, either in a slick graphic  way or by  taking an anti-art stand point  – using a conceptual, DADA methodology .

BWCD released a cassette by Japanese noise artist Aube that came tied to a blue plastic ashtray shaped like a fish. EEtapes of Belgium release of This Window  “Extraction 2” was packaged with an X-ray of a broken limb in 1995. The Barry Douglas Lamb album “Ludi Funebres” had the cassette box buried in some earth contained in a larger outer tin and covered in leaves.

The European scene was very active during this period with exceptional ‘labels’ appearing in Germany and Belgium.

IRRE Tapes (Germany) run by Matthias Lang evolved out of the IRRE Fanzine which he published regularly during the early 1980’s covering New Wave, Post Punk and the German Underground. This European cassette label helped to spread the word around the world, supporting the independent, self financed artist, releasing material by the likes of Brume, Maeror Tri, City Of Worms and This Window. His eclectic taste covered the whole range of the DIY, Independent Underground music scene from Experimental Electronica to Guitar Pop.

Below is an extract from an interview on The Living Archive Of Underground Music, which is an archive dedicated to Cassette culture, home taping, tape trading and mail art from the 1980s to the present. The Living Archive Of Underground Music is written and edited by Don Campau. Read more…

Wie hattest Du das Label bekannt gemacht? Durch Magazine, andere Labels, Radio?

How did you spread the word of the tape label? Magazines, other labels, radio?

Tja ob IRRE Tapes je bekannt war? Wenn dann eher durch das unabhängige Netzwerk in der ganzen Welt, damals konnte man auch noch kostengünstig Tapes in andere Länder schicken… die Mehrzahl der Tapes wurde mit Gleichgesinnten in der ganzen Welt getauscht, so richtig kommerziell verkauft wurden die wenigsten – dafür hab ich heute aber auch noch unzählige Kisten alter Tapes die ich im Tausch damals bekommen hatte. Es gab zwar auch kommerziellere Vertriebe, die aber nie wirklich lange z.B. der tolle 235 Laden ich glaube in Bad Honnef. Die hatten auch mit tolle Mailorder-Kataloge, geniale Ideen z.B. gab es da das Tape des Monats das man per Dauerauftrag bekommen konnte……

Well, if IRRE-tapes were really that popular? If so, the independent network all around the world helped to make the label popular…at that time postage for tapes to be sent to other countries was quite cheap…the majority of tapes was swapped with artists all around the world and only a very few were really commercially sold. I still have many boxes full of old tapes that I received by trade. There were also more commercial distributors that never existed so long, like the 235-shop in Bad Honnef. They had great mailorder-catalogues and it was even possible to get there the „tape of the month“ by periodical payment order.

The Insanely Happy EP – Insane from Belgium

Alain Neffe is probably one of the most influential ‘cassette underground’ people around, his Belgian label Insane released many of the 1980′s heroes of the home taping and mail art scenes. Here is an opportunity to get a collectors edition … Continue reading →