bringing contemporary music and arts to the widest possible audience
Eye Music aims to bring contemporary music and arts to the widest possible public.
By creating new environments and using public spaces, we attract all to our events through curiosity.
By linking music, colour, light, space and movement we give new dimensions to public perception and new understanding of contemporary music and performing arts.
Through educational programmes we seek to broaden participation in the arts through natural enjoyment and exploration of colour, light, sound and movement.
Eye Music Trust (formerly Nettlefold Festival Trust) was founded by composers Lawrence Casserley and Simon Desorgher. In 1984 they founded a contemporary music festival in south London which was dedicated to live electroacoustic music and music theatre. In 1988, seeking to expand the scope of the festival and to reach new audiences, they formed a charitable trust to oversee their work.
One of the most significant moments in the development of the work of Eye Music Trust was the collaboration with Cwmni Colourscape, leading in 1989 to the first Colourscape Music Festival on Clapham Common, London, UK. Since then the Trust has presented many Colourscape Music Festivals, numerous other events involving Colourscape structures, Art Gallery shows, large-scale Outdoor Events and hundreds of educational workshops for people of all ages and abilities throughout the UK and abroad.
In 2005 the Trust was restructured as a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee (Reg No. 05466017) - and the name changed to Eye Music to reflect the connections between music and visual art. Eye Music Trust is now an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation.
For more information about Eye Music Trust events and Colourscape Music Festivals - please use our contact form here.
Eye Music Trust is a Registered Charity No 1113190.
Eye Music Trust Chair - Simon Emmerson
Secretary to the Trustees - Antony Macdonald
And grateful thanks to our past Trustees David Elliot, Anthony Burton and a tribute to our past Chair Jane Manning OBE
As well as our board of Trustees Eye Music Trust has a regular Colourscape team who install Colourscape and other installations, interact with the public, look after safety. This team is headed by Production Manager, Izzy Liney, FOH manager, Paul Currier and includes several artists and musicians who run workshops and events.
For more about the History of Eye Music Trust and Colourscape festivals click here.
Eye Music Trust is very grateful to all the funders, Trusts and sponsors who have supported our projects over the years.
Below is a list of all those who have supported us since 1989.
City Bridge Trust
St Walter St John Charity
Arts and Business
and many local councils around the country.