Music in the Galleries: Devon Philharmonic Orchestra

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Saturday, 7 March 2020
Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Explore the galleries of the museum to hear specially commissioned music performed by the musicians of Devon Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, inspired by objects in the museum’s collections. Instrumentalists and singers will perform in ensembles around the museum during the evening, as the audience choose their route through the galleries and stop to listen to the performances.

The composers have taken their inspiration from a wide range of museum objects including microscopic diatoms, an Inuit map carved onto a bone, a Chinese gown, pocket watches and RAMM’s famous Gerald the Giraffe. The new compositions will reflect a range of musical styles with influences from Indian music, jazz and other genres.

At the end of the performance, a finale composed by Devon Philharmonic’s Music Director Leo Geyer will be performed by all the players and singers and heard all around the museum.

In addition to Leo Geyer, the commissioned composers are: Darren Bloom, Jegede Tunde, Anna Matthews, Edward Nesbit, Camden Reeves, Laura Reid and Lisa Robertson.

The work of five emerging composers will also be played during the evening. Each has received a bursary and mentorship to help them to create their own work inspired by the collection. The emerging composers are: Ivan Andrews, Joshua Brown, Marisse Cato, Hugh Morris and Henry Page.