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Sounds from the Gardens

Welcome to Sounds from the Gardens: two days of events exploring sound and our impact on the environment.

What is a soundwalk? Come and join us on Saturday morning and find out. Take part in recording and editing workshops or a live performance. There will be performances on the Bandstand throughout the day from Goldsmiths’ Alchemy Project featuring the next generation of talented local music artists from Addey & Stanhope and Deptford Green Secondary Schools.

On Sunday, sound-art performances will explore environmental change. There will be sound installations on Saturday and Sunday in the Garden next to the Conservatory, Dye Garden and Natural History Gallery.

Saturday programme

Introductory talk

  • Time: 10am - 11am
  • Location: Conservatory 


Guided Soundwalk - Booking required

  • Time: 11am - 12pm
  • Location: Gardens

Intro to Field Recording Workshop -  Booking required

  • Time: 11am- 12pm
  • Location: Conservatory and Gardens

Recording Walk - Booking required

  • Time: 12pm - 1pm
  • Location: Gardens

Editing and Performance Workshop - Booking required

  • Time: 2pm - 5pm 
  • Location: Conservatory

Booking for the 'Intro to field recording workshop' also secures a place on the 'Recording Walk ', 'Editing and Performance Workshop' and the option to take part in the evening performance. On the day, come and join in if places are still available.


Alchemy Headphone Concert 

  • Time: 1pm – 4pm 
  • Location: Bandstand

Soundscape Performance followed by Q&A

  • Time: 5.30pm - 6.30pm
  • Location: Conservatory 


Multi-speaker diffusion programme

  • Time: 10.30am – 5pm
  • Location: Garden next to the Conservatory

Featuring works by: Rob Mackay, David Rogers, Maeve Moayadi, Olivir Haylett, Oliver Koch, Rose Ford, James Wignal, Claudia Martinho, Elisabeth Salverda, Marcus Leadley, Sarah Westwood, Adrian Newton, Lizzy Laurence, Josh Grey-Jung, Dominika Wrøblewska and Phil Wolsternholm.

Tipping Points (Ambrose Seddon) 

  • Time: 10.30am – 5pm
  • Location: Natural History Gallery

Sunday Programme


Headphone Concert 

  • Time: 11am - 4pm
  • Location: Bandstand

Full line up for these concerts:

  • 11am – 11.30am -  Karolis Paulikas
  • 11.30am – 12pm - Chase Lynn
  • 12pm – 12.30pm - Adrian Newton
  • 12.30pm – 1pm - Tansy Spinks/Iris Garrelfs: Lab of sonic possibility
  • 1pm – 1.30pm -  Douglas Benford and Adam Bohman
  • 1.30pm - 2pm - Marjorie Van Halteren
  • 2pm – 2.30pm - Ingrid Plum
  • 2.30pm – 3pm - Daniel Ross and Rosie Bergonzi
  • 3pm – 3.30pm - Elisabeth Hill-Laurence
  • 3.30pm – 4pm - Luca Venerus and Andrea Corradi


Multi-channel diffusion programme

  • Time: 10.30am – 5pm
  • Location: Garden next to the Conservatory 

Tipping Points (Ambrose Seddon) 

  • Time: 10.30am – 5pm
  • Location: Natural History Gallery

Please note: Sounds from the Gardens Bandstand performances are wireless headphone concerts – we do this to maximise sound quality and minimise impact on the environment.

Please collect your headsets from the side of the stage. Due to demand there may be a wait at times or bring your own headphones as we can plug you in.

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This year’s theme is Discoveries & Secrets. At heart, the festival is all about making research in the humanities – from art history to philosophy, history to classics, and literature to languages – accessible and fun for as many people as possible.

The festival will be held for 10 days from 14-23 November with activities held in towns and cities across the UK. It is led by the University of London’s School of Advanced Study (SAS) in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and the British Academy (BA).

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