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Edition No. 229

Date:- 12 December 2005

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SURROUND-SOUND celebration of Liverpool's unique pool of sound Young people worked with artists to capture Liverpool's unique soundscape in a Bluecoat Connect project.

A unique "soundscape" of Liverpool, a city in transition, has been recorded and edited by a group of young people, capturing the soul of our city in sound.  They have worked in equal collaboration with a sonic artist, an acoustic ecologist and a performance poet to record and document the sounds that most of us allow to wash over us almost unnoticed.

The work will be presented to the public in an innovative Surround-Sound experience at the Liverpool Culture Company's "08 Place" in Whitechapel. The exhibition will run from Saturday 10 December until Monday 19 December.

The project has introduced young people to the concept of listening more closely to the everyday sounds that we generally take for granted whilst teaching them the skills and processes of editing and recording.  The participants wandered the inner-city streets of Liverpool, capturing the city's sounds and conversations using a range of equipment from boom mikes to dictaphones.

Bec Jones, Bluecoat Arts Centre's Participation Manager says:- "Bluecoat felt it was important to capture the sounds of Liverpool at this period of intense change. By involving local young people and artists this has been done in a creative and quite magical way."

Alex Decoupigny, the sonic artist from Germany who worked with the young people commented:- "We gave them such a free range and they did not disappoint us, but gave us the best recordings you can imagine"

Pool of Sound has been managed by Bluecoat's innovative participation programme, Connect. Connect still continues working with the community throughout the arts centre's closure for renovation and development. This project was organized in conjunction with Merseyside Youth Association, Frakture and Windows Project with support from the University of Liverpool's Acoustic Research Unit.

This project has been made possible through funding by the Liverpool Culture Company and Urban Cultural Programme as part of the European Capital of Culture 2008 Creative Communities Programme.


CINDERELLA will soon be bringing some Christmas cheer to needy children, elderly and the homeless in the North West.  The stars of the festive pantomime, which is on at Southport Theatre and Hall Complex from 8 December until 8 January are lending their support to The Salvation Army’s Pass the Parcel Gift Appeal, which is currently running across the region.

This is the 7th successive Pass the Parcel Gift Appeal, which was launched live on This Morning on Monday 14 November, in conjunction with The Salvation Army and beauty and health retailer Superdrug. Millions of children have benefited from the gifts donated over the past seven years and this year Pass the Parcel is being extended to help more than just children, as the public are being asked to donate gifts to the region’s elderly and homeless people too.

Members of the public are being asked to drop off a new gift, unwrapped, for a child, elderly person or homeless person at their local Superdrug store. The local Salvation Army will then collect the gifts and distribute them to people in need in the area through their own networks, local groups and social services.

Shoppers will have until Sunday 11 December to pop into their local Superdrug store with an unwrapped gift. Suitable gifts for elderly and homeless people include toiletries, socks, gloves, handkerchiefs and hot water bottles. However, the public is asked not to forget about gifts for children.

"We're very grateful to the cast of Cinderella for taking time out of their hectic schedule to support this year’s Pass the Parcel Gift Appeal.  People in the North West are always so generous. We would however, encourage those who haven’t yet bought an extra present to do so. You still have this weekend to buy an extra gift and it will make a real difference to people in need." says Major Marion Drew, Leader of The Salvation Army in the North West.

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