Sound Portraits

Ideal Home Show

Have you ever had your portrait painted? A visual artist will seek to create an image of the person who sits before them. It takes a really gifted and skilled artist to capture a true likeness. We believe that it’s possible to paint pictures with music as well as the brush or pen. With our instruments and voices we use improvised music as a means of creating a ‘sound portrait’ of the people we play for.

We don’t pretend to be able to capture an exact likeness of a person as an artist would on canvas, but simply allow ourselves to be guided by impressions that we get of a person (or couple), inspiring us to play a certain motif, chord structure or melody, interwoven to produce a piece of music that we believe captures some aspect of that person’s identity. Like a reflection in a mirror, the image is reflected back in music. The person whose portrait is being played may see themselves portrayed as they’ve never been before!



Upcoming Sound Portrait Events

Epiphany Event

Basingstoke Arts Festival

Epiphany will be involved in a new Arts Festival in Tadley (near Basingstoke) on 19th October. The day will be held at St Mary's Church in Tadley. We'll be playing improvised responses to some of the artworks at 11am, then playing Sound Portraits from 1pm-3.30pm. Then in the evening we will be leading a creative 'Happening' event from 7.30pm.

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Epiphany in Bradford

Epiphany are spending a day in Clayton (Bradford) putting on an improvised 'Happening' in the afternoon from 2pm - 4pm and then offering Sound Portraits in the evening. We will also be working with a number of people with physical or learning disabilities.

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Ashburnham Nov 2019

Epiphany will be spending a week at Ashburnham Place in E. Sussex playing Sound Portraits and teaching. We will also be working with refugees at a café in Hastings.

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Playing for Refugees in Eastbourne

Epiphany have been invited to play Sound Portraits for refugees & asylum seekers in Eastbourne on 22nd and 23rd November. The invitation is from friends working for an organisation called Networx based in Eastbourne.

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Epiphany in Northern Ireland

Epiphany will be making a return visit to Rostrevor in Northern Ireland. We will be playing Sound Portraits, putting on a 'Happening' event and also a concert


Some of our previous projects


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Epiphany in Inverness

Epiphany enjoyed taking part in a 'Tabernacle' Arts gathering in Inverness playing many improvisations and Sound Portraits for many who came along to the gathering.

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Epiphany weekend in Thornbury (Gloucs)

Epiphany enjoyed playing Sound Portraits and putting on a 'Happening' in Thornbury (Gloucs) on 4th-6th October

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National Portrait Gallery London September 2014

Epiphany appeared at the National Portrait Gallery in London in September 2014

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Manchester Art Gallery Sound Portraits

Epiphany's visit to Manchester Art Gallery in April 2014

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Epiphany at the RHS Flower Show at Hampton Court

Epiphany played Sound Portraits at the Hampton Court Flower Show in 2013 and 2014

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Epiphany at the Ideal Home Show in London 2014

Epiphany appeared at the Ideal Home Show in London for 2½ weeks in March 2014

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