A Shakespearean prequel opera with a Game of Thrones twist will be among the highlights of the Contemporary Music Festival 2019 at the University of Plymouth.
Quantum physics, seagull song and a gala concert featuring the acclaimed BBC Singers will also be part of the 14th annual event, which once again promises an exploration of the boundary between science and creativity.
Running over the weekend of Friday 22 to Sunday 24 February, the festival is organised by the University’s Arts Institute in partnership with its Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR).
With a theme of Multiverse, the 2019 edition is aimed at helping us understand how the mysteries of quantum science relate to daily reality, through musical interpretations of the quantum world.
Headlining the Saturday night gala concert is the premiere of Lampedusa, a new opera by ICCMR Director Professor Eduardo Reck Miranda in Vōv, a language created by David J Peterson. One of the world’s foremost language inventors, Peterson is responsible for the Game of Thrones warrior tongue Dothraki and many others, and will open the festival with a talk entitled ‘On Designing Languages for Would-be Worlds’.