35 of our Actor Musicianship BA (Hons) students performed at Latitude 2022 with music lecturer Max Reinhardt and his Instant Scorechestra.

The students had previously performed in their own scorechestra at Rose Bruford’s annual research symposium, and were thrilled to be able to take this immersive experience further.

This year the programme featured space cult films 2001: A Space Odyssey (dir. Stanley Kubrick) and Alphaville (dir. Jean-Luc Godard), with the Instant Scorechestra contributing spontaneous live music, using techniques inspired by the likes of Cornelius Cardew’s scratch orchestra.

An Instant Orchestra is formed by whoever turns up at the time, with no rehearsal at all! At the Latitude performance everyone was welcome with instruments, voices or other noise making implements. The students and others were guided through the ‘visual score’ of the films by musical luminaries, improvising where appropriate to create an instantly impactful piece.

The students had the opportunity to collaborate with musicians both well-known and boundary-pushing, with a range of luminaries leading the orchestra at various points, including Laura Cannell (violin and recorders), fresh from a residency at Snape Maltings with Kate Ellis, Sarah Nicholls (harmonium), and Adriano Adewale (percussion).

As well as a tutor at Rose Bruford College, Max Reinhardt is a radio presenter, composer and musical director. He leads the world and exploratory music modules of our Actor Musicianship course, with Sarah Nicholls and Adriano Adewale as regular contributors.

Rose Bruford College is home to the longest-running actor musician training course in the UK, and our staff and students are always looking for new ways to investigate the interplay between narrative and music.

Learn more here: Latitude Festival | Artist | Instant Scorechestra