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The University of Southampton

Leading musician to give Olympic-inspired event for local schoolchildren

Published: 9 March 2010

Nitin Sawhney, one of Britain’s most talented musicians, is coming to Southampton next Tuesday (16 March) to take part in an Olympic-related workshop with local schools and give a talk at Turner Sims.

The visit forms part of the Creative Campus Initiative, a new partnership of 13 higher education institutions in the South East, including the University of Southampton, delivering a dynamic programme of cultural events and artworks in response to the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

Working with the British-Guyanese poet Maggie Harris and undergraduates from the University’s English and Music department, Nitin will run a day of workshops in the Nuffield Theatre focussing on creative interactions between international literature and music. Students will be encouraged to respond creatively to music from other cultures and then Nitin and Maggie will offer their own creative responses to the texts created. The students will be invited along with school staff and parents to Nitin’s evening talk on Tuesday 16 March at Turner Sims, which will be open to the public.

Project co-ordinator Dr Will May, from the University of Southampton, says: “Nitin is a passionate advocate for music as a tool for collaboration, education, and participation. His involvement in the project will inspire partnerships between the University and nearby schools, between arts organisations and local communities, and help promote openness, tolerance, and creative engagement.”

The event will be co-promoted by Art Asia, and documented jointly by media students from participating schools and Unity 101 Community Radio. The Nuffield Theatre is also providing space for the workshops and Aim Higher will give presentations on higher education during the workshop, encouraging the Olympic values of aspiration and excellence.

To book tickets for Nitin’s talk at Turner Sims, please call the Box Office on 023 8059 5151.

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