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Light Odyssey

Light Odyssey, 18th October

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On Thursday 18 October, Light Odyssey, will bring the iconic Empress Ballroom in the Winter Gardens to life with 2D and 3D light animation, pushing the boundaries of light, space and sound.  Partnering with QED Productions, 16 top-of-the-range projectors will transform the ballroom’s interior into a giant canvas with international teams of animators responding to the architecture’s unparalleled grandeur.

The 90-minute performance will include around 90 musicians, with live performances of Copland, Britten and Saint-Saëns, and classical favourites such as Barber’s Adagio for Strings, conducted by acclaimed Norwegian conductor Elvind Aadland.
Artists have been selected to work across seven chapters of the performance, and a 3D model of the venue has been created to enable tailor-made projection visuals to interpret the music and the architecture in a new way.  And in partnership with the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the next generation of animators complete the journey, as students of Video for Live Performance end the show.


Debussy - Prelude de l’après midi d’un faune
Saint-Saëns  -  Danse Macabre                                
Barber - Adagio for Strings
Bernstein - Symphonic Dances from West Side Story                      
Copland - Fanfare for the Common Man; Simple Gifts (from Appalachian Spring)  
Saint-Saëns - Bacchanalle from Samson et Delilah        
Vaughan Williams - English Folk Songs Suite                                       
Britten - Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes; Dawn/Sunday Morning Moonlight/Storm

BBC Philharmonic

The BBC Philharmonic, known for its innovative and versatile music-making, has its home in Salford and enjoys worldwide recognition. Its adventurous approach to programming places new and neglected music in the context of the established classical canon and the orchestra performs over 100 concerts a year for broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

The orchestra’s passion for bringing classical music to new audiences has seen collaborations with Clean Bandit, The 1975, Jarvis Cocker, Will Young, The Courteeners, Rag'n'Bone Man, Elbow and The xx. Known for its range of creative partnerships, the orchestra’s recent work across BBC North includes performing at 2017’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards and recording music for the title sequence of the BBC Proms TV coverage in 2017. The orchestra also records for CD/download and has delivered over 250 recordings for Chandos, selling close to one million albums.

Performing across the North of England and beyond - the orchestra is resident each year at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and appears annually at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms. Internationally-renowned, the BBC Philharmonic also tours Europe and Asia, has performed in America and China and was touring Japan during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Embracing new technology, the orchestra launched Philharmonic Lab in May 2018 in partnership with BBC Research and Development - inviting audiences to keep their mobile phones on to access live programme notes in a bold move to reimagine the orchestral experience.