“People United believes that the arts and culture have a powerful and unique role to play in bringing about social change”
As you may know my last album Til You’re No Longer Blinkered had behind it a concept of self-knowledge and self-compassion in the aim of connecting with self and others for a happier healthier individual and society.
This might seem all a bit fluffy and can feel like that when I try to articulate it.
So I was very happy to come across an organisation called People United who have conducted research into the whether The Arts can be a ‘Superconductor’ for kindness, compassion, connection and belonging. They say:
“At first kindness can seem rather lightweight, particularly if it is understood as only referring to individual acts of generosity and thoughtfulness. However, a deeper examination reveals it as a muscular concept with a rich heritage. Stemming from the old English word ‘cynd’, kindness indicates a common humanity emphasising our connections in the present and across time..”
And what with our what I can only describe as a consistently disheartening Tory/coalition government (and prospective British government alternatives) and other separatist agencies – it is becoming more pressing for me that compassion is key. Surely it is part of really growing up and evolving?
Some sense of connected-ness to others you share the air with?
As I develop a new live show and hopefully a new recordings/mini-album for 2015, I reflect on what seems to be becoming a driving force behind my music – compassion and inter-connectedness..maybe I am getting too idealistic..can I really expect music to be a tool for social change?
Well, you may have heard of Delia Derbyshire Day, and there is also an Ada Lovelace Day which takes place at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London on TUES OCT 14th 2014.
Who is Ada Lovelace (1815-1852)? Only the woman who is said to have written the first computer programme and was instrumental in the development of the Analytical Engine (a mechanical computer) credited to Charles Babbage.
The event is described as a cabaret of science hosted by presenter, comedian & geek songsmith Helen Arney (from the amazing Festival of the Spoken Nerd and to whom I will be eternally grateful for granting me the opportunity to break a glass with my voice). Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration of the achievements of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).
And amongst the clever lasses taking part, they have invited little me to present a little about the late great Delia Derbyshire, her pioneering electronic music making techniques and perform part of my DD Day commission ‘Audient, my dear’ which is a creative response to the Delia Derbyshire archive here in Manchester, UK as well as fellow DD Day 2013 founder and artist Naomi Kashiwagi.
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According the Royal Institution, many of the ground-breaking scientific discoveries made here over the past two centuries have been achieved by women. For instance, did you know it was Kathleen Lonsdale who determined the structure of Benzene in 1925, Dorothy Hodgkin who advanced the technique of X-ray crystallography and won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1964, and Louise Johnson who helped determine the structure of the enzyme lysozyme in the 1960s? Me neither..