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Grand Gathering 2015 Photos


The annual ‘Grand Gathering’ is winding down for another year after a week-long adventure improvising music and community. This year’s Grand Gathering was an opportunity to remember two beloved members of our community who passed away since when we met last September. Zouïna Benhalla, mother to Maggie and creative inspiration to many, passed away in February 2015.  Kes, who had been bravely battling cancer, passed away at the beginning of this month. Both were warmly remembered and celebrated at Friday’s […]

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The Challenge of Simplicity – Long Notes


The first ever Challenge of Simplicity weekend ran by Maggie took place at Melin Dolwion at the end of May 2015. One of the first exercises practiced during the weekend was ‘long notes.’ Long notes is one of the core vocal practices we do at the mill. We try to do it every morning for an hour. It involves dwelling within one note, exploring the different tonal qualities and sounds that can be woven from what appears to be a deceptively […]

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Maggie Nicols introduces the Challenge of Simplicity


Watch Maggie Nicols give a short introduction to her forthcoming residential The Challenge of Simplicity, 22-25 May 2015. Places are still available if you want to book a place. As Maggie explains, this event is mixed-ability – you don’t have to be an experienced musician, or even a musician, to come and participate. We look forward to welcoming you to the Mill in May. Please do contact us if you need further information. Massive apologies for the poor sound quality […]

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