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Manchester Camerata to play concert in Venice, live from Manchester

Published on September 28th 2009.

Synchronised stringing

A live synchronised performance by the Manchester Camerata and Venetian ensemble Ex Novo will be relayed to the Venice World Forum on Climate Change via the Internet making use of groundbreaking technology and next generation broadband this week.

Manchester has one of the most powerful networks in Europe and this project is an illustration of how we can link together countries and indeed orchestras through broadband technology to communicate to a wider audience.

Together they will perform Green Piece, a world premiere by Michele Dall’Ongaro, specially commissioned for the occasion. The performance will take place at Manchester University on Friday 2 October as part of a free lunchtime concert.

Manchester Camerata will perform their contribution live at Manchester University at 12.45pm GMT, linking in over the Internet with Ex Novo who will be playing simultaneously in the Concert Hall at the Venice Conservatoire at 1.45pm local time.

The resulting performance will be broadcast live via a high-speed internet connection to the delegates at the Venice World Forum on the Environment, based in the Doge’s Palace in St Mark’s Square, Venice.

This will be the first time that two orchestras will have worked and performed together and the combined performance, simultaneously working across a time delay, has been made possible thanks to technological help from Manchester Digital Development Agency (MDDA) working with Manchester University and Feedback Italia.

Manchester Camerata musicians taking part in the Green Piece performance will include a woodwind quartet, horn, trumpet and a string quintet.

The Venice World Forum on the Environment is an international event held over two days, which brings together leading experts on the environment, Nobel Laureates and ministers.

One of the overall objectives of this year’s event, hosted by the International Academy of Environmental Sciences (IAES), is to establish a European Environmental Criminal Court and an International Environmental Criminal Court. This would enable the court to take environmental polluters to task and make disasters such as Bhopal easier to respond to.

Manus Carey, head of artistic planning at Manchester Camerata, said: “We are a 21st century orchestra embracing the issues of our time and raising awareness of environmental concerns through the power of music. We are incredibly proud to be taking part in this event and we hope to help raise the profile of the work of the International Academy of Environmental Sciences here in the UK. Manchester Camerata has an international outlook in-keeping with the city’s philosophy. We are eager to make an impression in Europe; this way we can do it without carbon emissions or incurring air-miles.”

Dave Carter, Head of Manchester Digital Development Agency, said: “Manchester has one of the most powerful networks in Europe and this project is an illustration of how we can link together countries and indeed orchestras through broadband technology to communicate to a wider audience.”

Building on this environmental theme, Manchester Camerata is also running a series of workshops in schools across the Northwest, to create a new ‘Earth’ song cycle, inspired by environmental issues and Mahler’s Das Lied von Erde (Song of the Earth).

The workshops focus on all aspects of the earth allowing a crossover with the teaching of physical and social geography and science. The primary schools involved will each have three sessions with a composer to create a song about an aspect of the earth. The Camerata will then weave in elements of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde.

There will be a gala performance at the Bridgewater Hall in April 2010, with all schools performing their element of the new Earth song cycle with a vocal soloist and accompanied by the Camerata. Each song will then be published in a Songbook of the Earth at the end of the project. The project is being funded by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation as part of a year-long programme of learning work across the Northwest from May 2009 to May 2010.

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