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Music & Words Workshop with John De Simone & Noon Salah Eldin

Tuesday 19th September, 3-4.30pm BST
Main Hall King's Pavilion, King's College Campus University of Aberdeen  

Bring your instrument and/or your poems! Join John De Simone and Noon Salah Eldin to explore how music and poetry combine.

In this workshop, poets, poetry-lovers, and musicians will work together to make something new and interesting. Participants will work with composer John De Simone and poet Noon Salah Eldin. Bring a poem you are working on (or a poem you really like) or your instrument (or both). There will also be keyboards and percussion instruments available so everyone can get involved. Come and explore the world of improvisation!

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Noon Salah Eldin is a poet and spoken word artist based in Aberdeen, Scotland. Born and raised in Sudan, she moved to the UK in 2015 to pursue postgraduate medical training in child health. Writing and performing poetry has become an increasingly important part of her life. It has empowered her to process and discuss experiences of childhood traumas, political upheaval, migration and motherhood. She believes that art can be a powerful tool for personal and social transformation.

John De Simone studied Masters composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Conservatoire, The Hague where he graduated with distinction. In 2010 He gained his PhD from the University of St Andrews and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he was lecturer until 2020. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Composition at the University of Aberdeen.


He has enjoyed regular commissions throughout his career and has written for numerous groups including the BBC SSO, The Edinburgh Quartet, Red Note Ensemble, Aurelia Sax Quartet, the Mondriaan String Quartet, Percussion Group The Hague, Ensemble Klang and the New Juilliard Ensemble. His music has been performed in several major festivals including Verona Risuona, FUSELeeds, BBC Tectonics, Spitalfields, Gaudeamus and Gothenburg GAS festival and broadcast widely on national and international radio. From 2016-18 he was the inaugural Composer in Residence for Sound Festival.

This event is supported by

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