Together in electric dreams
EVEN if modern music isn't really your scene, there's no denying that February's Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival has got some really interesting things lined up.
The four-day-long event, titled Sensing Memory, will explore the theme of memory as a virtual sixth sense, seeking to implement innovative research into computer music and engage with classical orchestral experience, to reveal new sound worlds to the audience, while extending the possibilities of both art and science.
The theme is allied to a new four-year initiative with the fascinating aim to create an intelligent musical computer that can help someone adjust their emotions when they are depressed or stressed, and which could then make a real impact on the health and entertainment industries, such as the gaming sector.
The festival highlight should once again be the pivotal performance by the Ten Tors Orchestra, when Simon Ible will conduct a programme of premieres by Nick Ryan, Nicholas Grew, Plymouth University Professor of Computer Music Eduardo Reck Miranda, together with part of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony.
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A programme of experimental short films includes one by Alexis Kirke, composer-in-residence at Plymouth Marine Institute.
The festival will run from February 21-24.
Full details will appear here nearer the time, or online at Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary, where there is also more information on some of the other events mentioned.
THE next recital in the Totnes Early Music Society series sees a welcome return from Ashley Solomon (flute) and Terence Charlston (harpsichord) to the town's United Free Church.
The duo first met as students at the Royal Academy of Music and has since performed all over the UK, the USA and in parts of Europe.
Individually they have also gained international reputations – Ashley as the director of Florilegium, while Terence has appeared for over ten years with London Baroque.
With an impressive discography, they also hold respected academic positions, Terence the first Head of Historical Performance at the Academy, with Ashley following suit later at the Royal College of Music.
Their programme will explore differences of national styles in Baroque music, with works by Pasquini, Locatelli, Veracini, Handel, CPE Bach and Frederick the Great of Prussia, as well as the anonymous Sonata Chiquitano from the Chiquitos archives, discovered only in the last five years in the middle of the Bolivian jungle.
The concert is on Friday, February 8, at 7.30pm.