Free Range is
five years old!


And to celebrate we've teamed up with CCCU to bring you the WINTERSOUND festival. This three-day festival features performances and sound installations from some of the UK's most exciting sound artists, composers and improvisers. All events are free.


Thursday 12th January
Free Range started 5 years ago on 12th January 2012. To celebrate our 5th birthday we start at 7.30 at the Sidney Cooper Gallery with a new piece by Matt Wright for baroque cello and violin with electronics and projections called ‘Corelli_THREAD’. Then, at 8.00 as the audience walks from the gallery to the coffee shop, there will be a street performance by the Neolithic soul drone collective Hand of Stabs playing homemade instruments beside a bronze effigy of Geoffrey Chaucer. Then at Waterlane Coffeehouse at 8.45 there will be a performance of new pieces by a new large ensemble featuring musicians, poets and dancers who have been involved with Free Range over the past 5 years.

NB: Rhodri Davies’ performance has been rescheduled and will now take place on Saturday 14th January (see below for details)

Friday 13th January

Venue: Sidney Cooper Gallery

This extraordinary night of music features some of the UK’s finest musicians in the fields of jazz and experimental music. The evening begins at 6.30 with two solo performances from saxophonist and composer Robert Stillman and electronic violin anarchist Panos Ghikas. This is followed by a trio featuring Matt Wright on turntables and electronics with Kit Downes on organ and Tom Challenger on tenor saxophone.

Saturday 14th January

In a change to the scheduled program the harpist Rhodri Davies will now be performing on Saturday 14th January at 7.30 in the Sidney Cooper Gallery.

“Davies settles obsessively on tumbling phrases, arpeggios and articulate rhythms, turning them over and over, letting them develop only within strict limits, as though this fine, prolific and adventurous musician is freshly discovering a harp that has been there all along.”
Julian Cowley, Wire Magazine, October 2014

“Rhodri Davies drags the harp into the arena of overdrive, and weaves hypnotic blocks of distorted beauty. Incredible stuff.” - Lasse Marhaug


Here’s an overview of the WINTERSOUND festival:

  • Thursday 12th January (various venues)

    7.30 – Sidney Cooper Gallery: Corelli_THREAD

    8.30 – Waterlane Coffeehouse: Hand of Stabs

    9.00 – Waterlane Coffeehouse: Free Range ensemble,
    Kat Peddie will be reading her translations of Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus with an extraordinary string quartet. Ben Hickman and Kat Peddie will be reading a Kentish eclogue using Kentish dialect that will be performed with backing from 13 musicians.

  • Friday 13th January (Sidney Cooper Gallery)

    6.30 – Robert Stillman (saxophone)

    7.00 – Panos Ghikas (violin & electronics)

    8.00 – Matt Wright (turntables & electronics) / Kit Downes (organ) / Tom Challenger (saxophone)

  • Saturday 14th January (Sidney Cooper Gallery)

    6.30 – Juha Virtanen (voice, poetry)

    7.00 – Lauren Redhead (voice & electronics) / Sarah Brand (trombone) / Alistair Zaldua (violin)

    8.00 – Rhodri Davies (harp)



All of the above events are free. If you would like to help us continue to put on events like this please consider giving a monthly donation using the button below.

Thanks for listening,