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Liverpool: Blank Canvas Sextet 14.12.2021

A new name for the ensemble, another new name is, Merseyside Improvisers: it starts here.
Currently, attendance is by invite only. Read further for details
COVID - evidence required of a negative test: No evidence, no attendance.


This Blank Canvas Ensemble has not played in Liverpool since March 2020.
This session is now designated private rehearsal?
If his ensemble and its creative content is new to you, you can register tyour interest via the tab marked registration.

venue: Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BT
date: 14.12.2021
Doors open: 18.00 UTC
Start time: 19.00 - 19.30 UTC
All out: on or before 21.00 UTC
Door tax: This is a free event. The following event will not be free.
Tickets: Attendance is currently by invite only, if you wish to attend please complete the registration form in the tab marked - registration. An eventbrite page may apeaar soon.


About The Sextet

NOTE - This ensemble was previously called `The Blank Canvas Octet` but during the pandemic the ensemble met `online` on zoom. The membership changed. The ensemble now has a different identity to the Liverpool based ensemble. Phil Morton decided to change the name of the Liverpool based enemble `sextet`.

The house band - The Blank Canvas Sextet - will play "free improvised music"  using the music system, "System 50:50" - for more information "System 50:50" click here
There is no short term aim to explore contemporary compositional methods, e.g. Conduction, Cobra, graphic scores.

Frequency: The aim is to deliver monthly sessions under the title of The Blank Canvas Sextet, within a weekly schedule of events under the banner of `Merseyside Improvisers`

There is no formal audition. New members are required to attend one performance as a member of the audience, then we have a discussion.

Here is a list of musicians who may currently appear in and with the Blank Canvas Sextet, . 

  • IAN SIMPSON, guitar
  • PAUL PIGNON [ Stockholm! ]
  • MARTIN HACKETT [ Oxford improvisers ]
  • PHIL MORTON, accidents and treatments
  • CLAYTON JACKSON, (Lancaster) electronics
  • PETER JONES, guitar
  • TIM WISE, reeds, Salford.
  • SIMON ROSS, Turntables, Macclesfield.
  • ALEX SCOTT, trombone,

Lapsed or floating members of the Sextet: Julia Cadman, John Pearson, Adam Roberts, Yashashwi Sharma, Kristina Warren ( returned to the USA), PHIL LUCKING, trumpets, PHIL HARGREAVES, RICHARD HARDING, guitar, DAVID CANTER, bass clarinet, ROB THORPE, guitar (Manchester), ANDREW LESLIE HOOKER, no input mixer (Pandy Tudor)

Some feedback on `System 50:50` froma participant

On system 50:50 “Definitely something with LOADS of possibilities - the reaction in the car driving back was unbelievably positive - no one could remember playing in a large ensemble that was so "open". The openness allowed me to play quietly, which meant the dynamics were incredible for an improvising large ensemble.” - Charlie Collins Sheffield


System 50/50 works well - it’s a really good way to get a group to play effectively without egos , virtuosity , and shyness getting in the way. It is democratic, inclusive. coherent, leaderless, focused, there is room to think and time to listen, choices. It is less competitive more cooperative. Ends well Simon Ross (Macclesfield), Blank Canvas Sextet - Liverpool

To express an interest, to request more information, to communicate, please go to the tab above called registratin and complete the form therein.

Phil Morton

about Merseyside Improvisers


to promote and establish free ensemble improvisation in music  in the region of  Merseyside


  1. Where possible Merseyside Improvisers` will organise weekly music sessions within one hours travel of a center of Liverpool to create opportunities for individuals to regularly play and listen to ‘free improvised music’
  2. Merseyside Improvisers` will create a ‘house band’. Concerts will feature the house band and another act.
  3. Merseyside Improvisers` will support/organise a concert series either directly or indirectly by developing relationships with other organisations in Merseyside to create a cohesive schedule of events
  4. Merseyside Improvisers` will maintain an online webpage. This will include; event information, listings, weblinks to organisations, social media feeds, etc.
  5. Merseyside Improvisers` will recognise and utilise digital networks for communication and marketing.
  6. To constitute a structure/network called, Merseyside Improvisers`, with an agreed strategic plan and formal steering group. The sole function of the group will be to promote ‘free ensemble improvisation’ and to deliver content within the region of Merseyside. The group will meet regularly to review events and plan in line with its agreed constitution.
  7. Looking further ahead, the group will create a framework for research and  development.

Read More: Here

about the venue

The original venue: Quarry, Love Lane Liverpool is no longer available.
A new venue will be announced when known, it is The Quaker meeting House, The George Fox room on level Three (there is a lift)

Quaker Meeting House
22 School Lane
L1 3BT

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Off Hanover Street,

  • next door to the Bluecoat Centre.
  • Stations: Liverpool Central, 300m; Liverpool Lime Street, 600m,
  • Liverpool One bus station, 400m.
  • Limited parking at the Meeting House. Please contact Liverpool Quakers for details. 0151 709 6957
  • car Park: Q-Park Hanover street, 100 metres, Website:

covid policy

We want to keep things as safe as possible for our audiences, artists and staff. All attendees (both vaccinated and not) will be asked for proof of a lateral flow or PCR test taken within 24 hours of arrival.


If you have Covid symptoms or believe you may have been exposed to infection, please don’t come to the event.

If you are unable to attend an event that you have a ticket for - either due to testing positive or due to having to isolate - then we will be happy to refund you.

Before coming to one of our events, we recommend that you do everything you can to make sure that you personally are not infectious. You can do this by:

  • Getting vaccinated
  • Registering that you are immune (because of previous infection)


For the safety of our staff and your fellow customers, we encourage you to wear masks when moving around the space or going to the bar. Our staff will still be wearing masks until further notice.

We are just asking you to be kind and thoughtful and take the measures you can for the safety of everyone else and for our artists and staff.


We will be keeping the venue as ventilated as possible.


Cash will be avoided.

Lateral Flow Test Kits, try here

Report a test result here

Registration Form

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