Contemporary Music Festival: Gala Concert
  • The House, University of Plymouth

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The BBC Singers hold a unique position in British musical life. The choir’s virtuosity sees it performing everything from Byrd to Birtwistle, Tallis to Takemitsu. 

Its expertise in contemporary music has brought about creative relationships with some of the most important composers and conductors of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Britten, Maxwell Davies, Poulenc and Judith Weir, Associate Composer of the BBC Singers and Master of the Queen’s Music. 

Gala programme

Illusions (Choir) by Linas Baltas
Forking Paths (Choir) by Marcelo Gimenes
Lampedusa (Opera in three acts. Choir, Mezzo-soprano, Bass and Electronics) by Eduardo R. Miranda.

Libretto: Eduardo R. Miranda & David J. Peterson | Director: Victor Ladron de Guevara | Conductor: Nicholas Chalmers | Visual design: Kaz Rahman | Costumes: Hedy Hurban

Neuroscience tells us that our perception of reality are a construction of the brain. Sounds are fabrications of our mind and music is an illusion. Linas’ Illusions is inspired by the intriguing notion that our brain can listen to sonic properties that seem to pop up out from nowhere. Yet, these properties do not show up when we analyse recordings of the actual sounds.

The inspiration for Marcelo’s Forking Paths comes from Jorge Luis Borges’ book The Garden of the Forking Paths. In this book Borges alludes to another fabrication of our brain: the notion of time. When we are confronted with several alternatives we choose one and eliminate others. If we could get rid of time, would we be able to live them simultaneously?

Eduardo’s opera Lampedusa is set in a parallel Shakespearean universe. The plot takes place before the arrival of Prospero and Miranda in Lampedusa, allegedly the island portrayed in Shakespeare’s play The Tempest. The opera tells the story of Sycorax, a refugee from Europe, her son, Caliban, and Ariel. Ariel is an invisible native inhabitant who objects to Caliban’s ambitions of reigning over the island. Lampedusa includes materials composed with an unprecedented piece of software developed at ICCMR. It renders high-energy particles collision data from CERN’s Large Hadron Collider into sounds and music. The libretto is in the imaginary island’s language Vōv, created by celebrated language inventor David J. Peterson.

Date: Saturday 23 February
Time: 20:00–22:00
Venue: The House

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