Taunton Youth Culture & Arts Festival 2021

Taunton Youth Culture & Arts Festival 2021

During the course of pulling the 2020 Tyca Festival together, we were lucky enough to form some great collaborations.  

The workshops these artists offered have been captured forever on our website and can be viewed here. 


JJ Hathaway

Young Taunton based composer Josh Hathaway, seized the opportunity to create a specially commissioned film and music score for Tyca 2020.


Joshua Hathaway, (b.1998) is an English composer. He is also a clarinetist and pianist studying composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His compositions stem from his improvisatory playing and immersion in nature. His music has been performed at various venues in the UK and abroad, including The Barbican, Milton Court, St David’s Hall, The OXO Tower, Southbank, Łódź Concert Hall in Poland, Silk Street Concert Hall and the Dora Stoutzker Hall.
Recently, Joshua was commissioned by the illuminated river foundation to write a large orchestral piece titled Increscent, which premiered on the river Thames in the unveiling of the project with Sadiq Khan. It was also recorded in the Barbican for a studio album and use in installations, streaming and Channel 4, ITN Productions. Illuminated River is an ambitious, new public art commission which will transform the capital at night, lighting up to 15 bridges on the River Thames. Once complete, it will be the longest public art project in the world, seen over 130 million times each year.

Taking the theme of the Tyca 2020 Festival: A vision of the Future, Josh collaborated with cinematographer Matthew Geer to create ‘ Future Visions’ a dramatically charged soundtrack to accompany the short film which brings into stark relief, the issues that we are facing now, both as local and global communities, juxtaposed with the enduring qualities of the natural world and ultimately of humankind.

View their creation...

Tyca Festival in collaboration with Blue Weasel 


Founded in 2012, Blue Weasel has worked with young singers and musicians, participating in all sorts of concerts, events and collaborations with other groups, winning awards and critical acclaim for the quality and verve of its performances. More recently, its scope has widened to embrace exciting, bespoke and one-off multi-media projects, including composition, film and soundscape. 
Lisa Tustian trained as a professional singer, and has had wide-ranging and varied career as a performer and singing teacher, workshop leader, course facilitator and musical director for professional and amateur musical theatre. She has also worked extensively as director and animateur in small and large scale community performances,
She is passionate about encouraging young people to explore their voice - physical, expressive and creative - and is very excited to be leading this project for Blue Weasel and TYCA


A Universe of Tiny Things

The finished project is here to be enjoy by all during the Tyca Festival weekend.

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