Published on January 7th, 2016 | by Niall Norbury0
Local artists and composers collaborate for #APOpictures
Local artists and young composers have collaborated in a new project to get more people in Reading to try out and enjoy classical music.
The #APOpictures project has seen five young composers from Reading – aged between 12 -21 –produce new and unique compositions inspired by works by local artists.
On Saturday 23rd January, these young composers will see their work performed live to the public at Reading Concert Hall where their compositions will be accompanied by an exhibition of the artworks so that the audience can see what they’re about to hear represented in music.
The #APOpictures project has seen Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra collaborate with one of Reading’s foremost creative arts organisations, jelly. The group of young composers were given a guided tour of the jelly studios, exploring how each artist works to create pieces in different mediums.
Each of the young composers has, with the help of Reading-based professional composer, Roger May, composed a musical response to a work of their choice by jelly artists Julie Simmonds, Mark O’Neill, Mark Andrew Webber and Jim Attewell.
The #APOpictures work was inspired by Mussorgsky’s famous piano piece, ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’, which APO will also be performing in Ravel’s dazzling orchestration. Sibelius’s haunting and dramatic violin concerto is also on the programme, with soloist Geoffrey Silver.
“The visual spectacle of over 80 musicians playing amazing music in front of your eyes surprises and delights ‘concert virgins'”, explains APO music director, Andrew Taylor. “So, we’ve added an extra visual element through the ‘Pictures at Our Exhibition’ project, which will take the concert experience to another level.”
Thanks to a grant from Reading Borough Council, the performance will be recorded and later hosted online with an accompanying audio/visual guide, so that the art works can be exhibited as part of jelly’s ‘Open for Art’ exhibition, later in the year, as well as being taken around schools and community organisations.
‘Pictures at APO’s Exhibition’ will be hosted at Reading Concert Hall on Saturday 23rd January. Tickets are £12 (£10 concessions, £5 children).