Friday 8 March 2024

Sounds of Blossom: Kew Gardens' Spring festival offers a full sensory experience with collaboration with the Royal College of Music

Magnolia campbellii 'Pink tulip tree' © RBG Kew
Magnolia campbellii 'Pink tulip tree' © RBG Kew
Kew Gardens' Spring festival, Sounds of Blossom, will see visitors not only enjoying the sights and smells of Spring blossom at the gardens but hearing sounds too, as as bespoke compositions emerge from blossom trees thanks to a new collaboration with the Royal College of Music.

Working with students from the Royal College of Music, the festival will feature six bespoke commissions that celebrate Kew’s unique landscape in the spring, with recordings of music emerging from carefully chosen locations, including avenues of cherry blossom and vistas dotted with magnolias, offering the prospect of a complete sensory experience. There will be Spring and blossom-inspired music from six of the college's students, Daniel Musashi, Jasmine Morris, Tymon Zgorzelski, Lucy Holmes, Delyth Field, and Louis Enright.

Kew Gardens' Sounds of Blossom festival runs from 23 March to 14 April. There will be blossom-inspired dishes in the cafes, and a series of free talks from Kew horticulturists and scientists and a programme of wellbeing events, such as Tai Chi and Yoga amongst the cherry blossom.

Full details from Kew Gardens' website.

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