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Musarc Chambers 2012: Strike the viol

Friday 30 March 2012, 7:30pm, Forum

Musarc, the choir at the Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Design, London Metropolitan University, invites you to an evening of choral, instrumental, spoken and mechanic performances of sound and music, ancient and new.

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Strike the Viol

Musarc’s choir and friends will be performing music by Thomas Morley, John Dowland, William Byrd, Thomas Tallis and Georg Phillip Telemann; as well as a number of works surrounding the theme of ‘female monarchs’, including works by R.V. Williams, music by Edward Elgar and Henry Purcell’s Come ye sons of art.

Conductor: Cathy Heller Jones

Purcell, Come ye sons of art
Catherine Braine and Sibel Ozcan (violin), Graeme Smith (viola), Karen Davies (cello), Lauren Knuckey (oboe) and Peter Twitchin (hapsichord)

Telemann, Concerto for Four Violins in G Major
Maria Smith, Anna Kerrane, Jessica Smulders-Cohen and Dominic Weil.

Eight lectures on sound

John Tyndall’s course of eight lectures on the topic of ‘Sound’, delivered in front of a mesmerised audience at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in 1867, today offers a fascinating account on how sound was understood in the 19th century. It also marks a transformation in our attitude to the subject that was going to have a profound effect on the way we listen and make music today.

For Chambers 2012, Musarc re-enacts selected experiments and passages from Tyndall’s lecture with the help of a magic lantern and other apparatuses.

I am sitting in a room

Alvin Lucier (b. 1931) is an American composer whose work is influenced by the science and physical properties of sound itself. I am sitting in a room for voice and electromagnetic tape (1969) is one of Lucier’s most important and best-known works. During the performance, the sound of speech is recorded on tape and re-recorded as it is played back into the room. The new recording is then played back and re-recorded, and this process is repeated. Since all rooms have a characteristic resonance, certain frequencies are gradually emphasized as new ‘generations’ of the recording are created, until eventually the words become unintelligible – replaced by the pure resonant harmonies and tones of the room itself. The text spoken by the performer describes this process in action.


Advance bookings only
£12.00 / £8.00 concessions
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Date and time

Friday 30 March 2012, 7.30pm
Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Design
London Metropolitan University
Spring House
40–44 Holloway Road
London N7 8JL

Doors open 7.00
Concert 7.30pm
Bar 9.00pm
Doors close 10.00pm

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