From cutting-edge research to magnificent live performances, there is a musical experience for everyone at The Arts Institute.

Through the commissioning and development of new music, alongside supporting new talent and bringing world-class musicians to Plymouth, The Arts Institute is pivotal to the growing music scene across the South West; this includes our programme of participatory community music partnership activities.

The ‘new music’ flagship event is the annual Contemporary Music Festival, promoted in partnership with the University of Plymouth’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR).

Our new Music Director – Dr Robert Taub

An acclaimed pianist known for his interpretations of Beethoven and new music, Dr Robert Taub has performed as guest soloist with many of the world’s foremost orchestras and conductors. 

Robert will oversee our entire music strand and plans to use his expertise to make Plymouth’s music scene as ‘vibrant and as great’ as it can be!

The Arts Institute Music Director – Dr Robert Taub

Contemporary Music Festival 2019: MULTIVERSE

MULTIVERSE is the theme of University of Plymouth Contemporary Music Festival (CMF) 2019, which celebrates the internationally renowned research combining music, engineering and the life sciences developed at the University of Plymouth’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR).

MULTIVERSE proposes a weekend of musical interpretations of the quantum world. 

Encounters season at The Arts Institute

This season we have shaped our programme around the theme of Encounters. At The Arts Institute we are interested in presenting the latest ideas and developments within culture, working with artists, musicians and thinkers who are often at the very cutting edge of their field, overturning pre-existing ideas through new discoveries, encounters and inventions.

With equal passion we are also interested in how the present is shaped by the past. The dialogue between past, present and the bringing to light of hidden seams of history that have directly, or indirectly shaped our landscape today, is what informs much of the development of our programme.

Conversation and collaboration, across art forms and disciplines, including the STEM subjects are key to this way of working, to ensure we present ideas to our audiences that are relevant and fresh. 

Antarctica Raft of the Medusa. Courtesy Lucy + Jorge Orta