RAMM’s collections inspire new music
10 February 2020
New music by talented British-based composers will be premiered in the galleries that inspired them on Sat 7 March. A Chinese gown, a giraffe, microscopic diatoms, an Inuit map carved onto a bone and a collection of pocket watches are amongst the objects in RAMM’s displays that inspired the compositions.
Devon Philharmonic Orchestra (DPO) commissioned thirteen new pieces of music and their players and singers will perform the works in small ensembles around the museum. The audience will walk through the galleries, choosing their route, and stopping to listen to the performances while looking at the objects.
Exciting new music
With influences from Indian music, jazz and other genres, the compositions are as varied as the objects that inspired them. In addition to work by eight experienced composers, five emerging composers will have their new pieces played. Each emerging composer received a bursary and mentorship from DPO’s Music Director to help them to create their work. The finale, composed by DPO’s Music Director Leo Geyer, will be performed by all the players and singers, and heard all around the museum.
Cllr Rachel Sutton, Portfolio Holder for Climate & Culture said “We’re delighted that RAMM’s wonderful objects have provided the inspiration for this new music. It’s been a very exciting project for RAMM to work on with the Exeter-based Devon Philharmonic Orchestra, and the performance promises to create a magical atmosphere in the museum.”
Music in the Galleries is at RAMM at 7.30pm on Sat 7 March. Doors and the bar open at 6.45pm. More information and tickets are available from http://bit.ly/MusicInTheGalleries.
The performance is part of the international Festival of Contemporary Music for All with funding from Arts Council England.
The commissioned composers are: Leo Geyer Darren Bloom, Jegede Tunde, Anna Matthews, Edward Nesbit, Camden Reeves, Laura Reid and Lisa Robertson with emerging composers Ivan Andrews, Joshua Brown, Marisse Cato, Hugh Morris and Henry George Page.
Devon Philharmonic Orchestra (DPO)
Devon Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the South West’s leading symphony orchestras. Musical Director Leo Geyer is an inspiring professional conductor based in London. The orchestra gives three major concerts each season, often involving professional soloists and local choirs, and in addition contributes to the musical life of Exeter with events such as chamber concerts and collaborations with other organisations.
The orchestra was founded in 1967 as the Exeter Music Group, and since that time has grown to the full-scale symphony orchestra which exists today. In 2019, the orchestra relaunched as the Devon Philharmonic Orchestra, to reflect its more contemporary style and approach.
DPO is proud to support local charities, and to provide opportunities for younger musicians to join us at open rehearsals. In May 2019, under its previous name, EMG was awarded the Lord Mayor of Exeter’s Commendation for its services to charity and the wider community over many years.
The orchestra’s next concert is on 25 April 2020 at Exeter Cathedral, 7.30pm, with a programme of Smetana, Rimsky-Korsakov and Stravinsky. More information about future performances: https://www.devonphilharmonicorchestra.co.uk/whatson.