Epiphany will be working alongside creative writer and speaker Michael Mitton at a retreat at Scargill House in N. Yorks, playing Sound Portraits and other improvisations.
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
Scargill House, North Yorkshire
Epiphany at Ashburnham
Epiphany will be returning to Ashburnham Place in E. Sussex to work with the staff and students there.
The Space - a creative retreat at Ashburnham Place
Epiphany members will be joined by artist Tamara Jackson and photographer Rachel Kiley, to lead a creative retreat on March 29th - 1st April at Ashburnham Place. Our time together will be largely unstructured, with optional gatherings each morning and evening, including relaxing improvised music and reflective thoughts for each day. The rest of the time will give you opportunity to enjoy and be inspired by the beautiful surroundings of Ashburnham, have a Sound Portrait with Epiphany’s musicians, or to engage in photography and art explorations with Rachel Kiley and Tamara Jackson, as well as opportunity for conversation and sharing ideas.More info
Some of our previous projects
Epiphany members were joined by artist Tamara Jackson and photographer Rachel Kiley, to lead a creative retreat on Nov 9th-12th at Ashburnham Place. We had a wonderful 3 days together and the feedback was so encouraging. Click 'read more' to see some photos taken by Rachel Kiley.Read More
Improvisation teaching weekend in Hounslow
Epiphany enjoyed leading an improvisation training weekend in Hounslow on the weekend of 3rd-5th September. We were joined by artist Tamara Jackson and had the privilege of working with ethnic musicians from other parts of the world during the weekend.
Epiphany at Ashburnham
Epiphany enjoyed playing Sound Portraits for individual visitors to Ashburnham over the weekend of 2nd-4th July
Epiphany spent a week at Ashburnham Place in E. Sussex. Our time together included opportunities to play for the staff and volunteers at Ashburnham. One one afternoon an artist friend, Faith Heath, created a live piece of artwork to one of our improvisations. We were also joined by photographer Rachel Kiley who took some stunning photos during the week. Click to see more.Read More
Epiphany, joined by a number of other musicians, enjoyed spending a day in Bristol on 25th January playing Sound Portraits and other improvisations.
Ashburnham 'Sparks' weekend
Epiphany enjoyed taking part in an annual gathering called 'Sparks' which is designed for creative people who 'think outside the box' at Ashburnham Place in E. Sussex. We offered Sound Portraits and general improvisations throughout the weekend.
Bristol Sound Portraits
Epiphany enjoyed playing in and around Bristol over 3 days in early January, including in The Galleries shopping centre, in a backpackers hostel and a care home for the elderly - as well as putting on an improvisation training session for musicians.
Epiphany in Northern Ireland
Epiphany enjoyed visiting Rostrevor in Northern Ireland for a 2nd time in just over a year. We played Sound Portraits, put on a 'Happening' event and also an enthusiastically received 'Celtish' concert
Epiphany were privileged to have the opportunity to play Sound Portraits for refugees & asylum seekers in Eastbourne on 22nd and 23rd November. The invitation was from friends working for an organisation called Networx based in Eastbourne. It was also great to work with several artists, including the very talented Faith Heath.Read More
Tadley Arts Festival (nr. Basingstoke)
Epiphany enjoyed taking part in a new Arts Festival in Tadley (near Basingstoke) on 19th October. The day was based at St Mary's Church in Tadley and we be played improvised responses to some of the artworks, then played Sound Portraits for several people. Then in the evening we led a creative 'Happening' event.
Epiphany weekend in Thornbury (Gloucs)
Epiphany enjoyed playing Sound Portraits and putting on a 'Happening' in Thornbury (Gloucs) on 4th-6th October
Epiphany spent a day in Basingstoke offering Sound Portraits and an evening improvised 'Happening' event - as part of the 2019 Basingstoke Festival 'Art in unusual places'.
Sound Portraits in Swanwick, Derbys.
Epiphany enjoyed playing Sound Portraits and also a classical concert for a private conference at the Hayes Conference Centre in Swanwick (Derbys) from 24th to 26th June
Epiphany played Sound Portraits at a 'Westfest' event in West Molesey, Surrey on 22nd June.
Royal Welsh College of Music
Epiphany had a very fruitful day on 20th June 2019 at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama leading an improvisation workshop and playing Sound Portraits for students there.
Epiphany enjoyed an inspiring weekend in the beautiful village of Childswickham (in the Cotswolds) on 15th & 16th June 2019 playing Sound Portraits and giving a light classical concert.
Harpenden Sound Portraits
Epiphany enjoyed playing Sound Portraits for staff and students at YWAM, at the Oval in Harpenden on 12th and 13th June 2019
Epiphany had a wonderful few days playing Sound Portraits and other improvisations at Ashburnham Place in E. Sussex - including an evening event in the Walled Garden at Ashburnham as well as taking teaching sessions for 'Catalyst' students there. We then spent a couple of days in Eastbourne playing on the top of Beachy Head and then putting on a 'Happening' and another event in Eastbourne (both including Sound Portraits) on the Fri eve and Sat morning.Read More
Education Team away day in Montacute, Somerset
Epiphany played Sound Portraits for an education team away day on Montacute, Somerset
Epiphany played Sound Portraits and put on a 'Happening' in Canford Magna (Dorset) on 4th & 5th May. We then made a recording with soprano Lesley Thompson on 4th-7th May which will hopefully be released later this year. The venue was the stunningly beautiful Canford Parish Church. Click the 'read more' button to see some photos from our recording.Read More
Epiphany played Sound Portraits for a headteachers' conference in East Grinstead, W. Sussex
Epiphany in Cornwall
Epiphany had a wonderful time putting on an improvised 'Happening' evening and offering Sound Portraits for over 40 people in Redruth, Cornwall from 26th to 28th January 2019.
Headteachers' Conferences in Ilminister and Wells (Somerset)
Epiphany enjoyed playing Sound Portraits and other improvisations for 2 headteachers' conferences in Ilminster & Wells (Somerset) on 24th and 25th January
Ashburnham 'Sparks' weekend
Epiphany played Sound Portraits and other improvisations at a 'Sparks' weekend at Ashburnham Place. This conference was designed for creative thinkers and the 200 or so people who attended were both challenged and encouraged as they shared with one another.
Epiphany had a wonderful time in Vietnam collaborating with the talented young Vietnamese pianist, Trang Trinh. This visit took years of planning and involved some exciting concerts in Hanoi including a new piece, specially written by composer Peter Richards for Trang and Epiphany featuring Vietnamese folk tunes. We also offered Sound Portraits at several of the events.Read More
Around 20 musicians from Epiphany and the Musicians Network visited Hong Kong for the 3rd year in a row working alongside Jackie Pullinger and her team. We were involved in outreach on the streets, in hospices, care homes and prisons as well as working alongside local Hong Kong musicians and offering Sound Portraits.Read More
On 15th September Epiphany played improvisations and Sound Portraits, as well as speaking about their work, at a conference at Old Alresford Place (near Winchester). They were joined by artist Tamara Jackson who responded visually to each Sound Portrait.Read More
Epiphany enjoyed a wonderful 2 days in Poole and Salisbury playing Sound Portraits for the local community in Poole and for leaders of pioneer movements in Salisbury. We were joined by the very talented artists, Tamara Jackson & Jessica Goodall from YWAM MAKE Arts Collective, who responded to our Sound Portraits for each individual we played for.Read More
Epiphany enjoyed playing Sound Portraits and other improvisations at a headteachers conference at Hothorpe Hall in Lecis.
Epiphany offered Sound Portraits and other improvisations at an education conference at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbys
Improvisation workshops at a teachers' conference
Epiphany led improvisation workshops and offered Sound Portraits at a teacher's conference in Birmingham on 1st June.
Retreat week at Le Pas Opton, France
Epiphany enjoyed leading another 5 day retreat at Le Pas Opton in France - offering Sound Portraits, a concert and brief reflections and improvisations each morning and evening.
Oxford Diocesan Clergy Conference
Epiphany enjoyed 3 days playing Sound Portraits for delegates at an Oxford Diocesan Clergy Conference at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbys
Sound Portraits and improvisation training at Ashburnham
Epiphany enjoyed leading 3 days of improvisation workshops and Sound Portraits for students, staff and voisitors at Ashburnham Place in E. Sussex
Epiphany led a training day with other musicians at Milmead Baptist Church in Guildford, including Sound Portraits and an evening Happening. We were privileged to again work alongside visual artist Tamara Jackson.Read More
'Sparks' creative weekend at Ashburnham Place
Epiphany played Sound Portraits and other improvisations at a 'Sparks' creative conference at Ashburnham Place.
Epiphany enjoyed offering Sound Portraits and other improvisations at Leicester Diocesan conference at the Hayes Conference Centre in Swanwick, DerbyshireRead More
Retreat week at Le Pas Opton (France)
Epiphany led another a 5 day retreat at Le Pas Opton holiday park on the north-west coast of France. It was a great time unwinding and relaxing in beautiful surroundings with music from Epiphany, including Sound Portraits for guests and staff. We also enjoyed daily reflections from Julie Cameron-Hall and wonderful photography from Nigel Cameron.
Sound Portraits in a Manchester School
Epiphany had an amazing day playing Sound Portraits for the staff of a school for young people who have been excluded from mainstream secondary schools.
Epiphany in Hong Kong
A team from Epiphany, joined by several other classical musicians, travelled out to Hong Kong in late November to play in several events including Sound Portraits and other improvisations as part of celebrations for 50 years of service in Hong Kong by Jackie Pullinger-To who works with drug addicts, prostitutes, street sleepers etc.
Fresh Expressions event
Epiphany played Sound Portraits and led a seminar at a 'Fresh Expressions' teaching event in Leicester.