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This event is a collaboration between the Gulbenkian Arts Centre, Free Range and world-renowned Hurdy-Gurdy maker Claire Dugue.

Enjoy the talents of two master musicians as they come together for this very special event. ‘Living legend’ Valentin Clastrier is considered the inventor of the modern hurdy-gurdy which, in his hands, creates a magical and virtuoso universe. Over the years Valentin has worked with instrument makers prototypes of electroacoustic hurdy-gurdies to offer the instrument new musical paths. Now Valentin is back in England for the first time in over 20 years and we’re very happy to have him in Canterbury!

For over 50 years Evan Parker has been widening the scope of what is possible on a saxophone. Using techniques such as circular breathing, Parker creates complex worlds of sound with vivid, intricate detail projected into polyphonic textures that slowly evolve and grow.

In addition, there will be two workshops with Valentin Clastrier and Nigel Eaton earlier in the day. To book a place contact Claire at

Free Range is an award-winning arts charity that presents adventurous music events in Canterbury with a policy of free-entry. 2022 is Free Range’s 10th anniversary year with free events happening every Thursday from 29/09/22 to 19/11/22. Visit to find out more.

Valentin Clastrier & Evan Parker

Sat 8 October


ART31 takes its name from Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child, which states that ‘Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities’.

ART31 is a vision created with, by, and for young people in Kent, championing the belief that all children and young people have an entitlement to access high quality arts and culture, to empower them to achieve their creative potential, and to genuinely engage young people as equal partners in any decision making that affects them.

The ART31 Youth Board is made up of young people from across Kent aged 13-25 who steer its governance, and influence policy and practice across the county and beyond, challenging the creative sector to examine existing ways of working and integrate young people into the core of their practice.

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