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Feeling the Beat Workshop

October, 2021

02Oct4:00 pm7:00 pmFeaturedFeeling the Beat WorkshopLive painting and live music4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Price:£25, Concessions £19


(Saturday) 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


£25, Concessions £19

Event Details

Feeling the Beat Workshop

Live painting and live music

£25, Concessions £19
Limited spaces

Following the success of Feeling the Beat virtual events – led by curator Loucia Manopoulou – now visual artists Aurelie Freoua and Chris Holley plus musicians Loz Speyer, Martin Pyne and Simon Cook take you on an arts journey and rare sensory treat as they share with you ways to express music and poetry in your own drawings/paintings. This new skill will deepen your perceptions of these three arts, their connections and interactions – and stay with you for life.

The workshop opens with a brief demo in which you hear and see music as it’s played, as you also watch Aurelie’s and Chris’s ‘in-the-moment’ painting as it happens. Then, a bit like an orchestra tuning up, you get to ‘play’ at your own art as the artists and musicians pinpoint major elements shared by art and music. Colour, rhythm, texture, tempi and shapes are focused on as you start developing your own vocabulary of mark making to express these musical characteristics in your own art. New sensory vistas will open; new insights evolve in this mind-opening, across-the-arts way of thinking and creating. Visceral and immediate, remember: there are no rules, no right or wrong – only your own personal responses.

In the final hour comes the crescendo, as – with jazzed up and sharpened senses – you create your final coda of drawings/paintings to the sounds of live music and recited poetry as they hit the air.


Workshop of 3 x 45 min. Sessions interspersed by two breaks. Refreshments supplied.

Acrylic paint, paper and paint brushes supplied. Please bring any preferred mediums/materials.


A painting is music you can see and music is a painting you can hear Miles Davis, legendary jazz trumpeter

A vital project bringing the arts together so creatively and deserving applause! Jamie Baird, Upper Strings Tutor, Berkshire Maestros

South Hill Park Curator:

Loucia Manopoulou

Visual Artists:

Aurelie Freoua

French born London based artist who has worked for several years with the musicians of Vortex Jazz Club in Dalston, London and whose highly developed expertise in expressing music in her art results in her involvement in many exciting performative arts projects in and around London.

Chris Holley

Berkshire based painter who says that her longstanding connection to dance/choreography, means that her visual art is always trying to squeeze into the space between dance and music.


Loz Speyer (trumpet, flugelhorn)

Trumpeter, composer and improviser working in Jazz and related music, with bands ranging from the 11-piece collective Rare Mix to freely improvising trios. His own groups – Cuban-Jazz sextet Time Zone and Free Jazz quintet Inner Space – have toured to Jazz festivals and clubs all around the UK, and released original music on several critically acclaimed albums (look for Spherical Records on Bandcamp). During lockdown, Loz brought together a pool of improvising musicians and artists for a series of creative online art-music collaborations, under the name Spherical Improv.

Martin Pyne (vibraphone, drums and other percussion)

A composer and improviser, Martin’s work encompasses a broad range, from what might loosely be called ‘from free improvisation to relatively straight ahead song based structures.’ His recently released solo album “Spirits Of Absent Dancers” on Discus Music reflects his extensive involvement with dance, which takes up most of his professional time. He performs solo sets, leases his own quartet, and collaborates with a range of musicians and other artists and also works regularly as a Silent Film Accompanist.

Simon Cook (keyboard)

A musician associated with South Hill Park via the Bracknell Jazz Series, which he organises, Simon is a versatile and knowledgeable musician. He is a leading authority on the music of West Java and, as well as his work on Feeling the Beat, he notably spent several years as piano accompanist to a shadow puppet theatre in the Netherlands. This experience makes him very practised at matching sound to image, which he finds totally absorbing.


  1. Charlotte Coe

    Hi, I am trying to book a place on this workshop and it won’t let me. Can I check there are still places?

    • Katie Greet

      Hi Charlotte, apologies for any issues. I’ve just checked and the link is working on my end so you could either try again, or contact our Box Office who will be happy to help. You can either email, or call 01344 484123. Thank you.


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