Blending live musical performance and scientific imagery, bioscientist Dan Lloyd and pianists Dan Harding and Matthew King take the audience on a journey of discovery. The music of Philip Glass, Claude Debussy and others accompany spectacular image and video projection in a performance exploring fundamental processes within living cells.
Cellular Dynamics is a collaborative science-music project between the School of Biosciences and Music Department at the University of Kent. It explores imagery derived from biological research that captures scientific data, experimental procedures and laboratory spaces.
Image and video projection provides remarkable insight into cutting-edge research that investigates – among other things – cellular division, ageing, neurodegeneration and infectious diseases. The musical programme uses individual pieces as scientific ‘chapters’ – each exploring a different research output – in the context of the soundscape created by live piano performance and the atmospheric environment of Norwich’s Octagon Chapel.
About Dan Lloyd
Dan Lloyd is Professor and Deputy Head of the School of Biosciences at the University of Kent. A cell biologist by training with a background in cancer research, he teaches across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate topics. He was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy – the highest award in the UK for teaching in higher education – and in his spare time is an orchestral oboist.
About Dan Harding
Dan Harding is Deputy Director of Music at the University of Kent. He read Music at the University of York, where he was awarded a Major Research Fellowship in Conducting, after conduction Britten’s first operetta, Paul Bunyan, and Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins, as an undergraduate. As a postgraduate, he went on to conduct the University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, the University Choir and Chamber Choir, as well as various New Music ensembles. Other roles have included Director of the Senior and Junior Choirs at York Minster Songschool, and a Lecturer in Music for ten years in Further Education. Since arriving at Kent, he has founded the University Cecilian Choir, the String Sinfonia, the Lost Consort, and General Harding’s Tomfoolery, a 12-piece dance orchestra playing from original 1930’s band parts. Dan also accompanies the University Music Scholars in concerts. He recently launched the #EarBox project in collaboration with School of Arts’ Studio 3 Gallery to explore the meeting-point between music and visual art.
About Matthew King
Described by Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music, as “one of Britain’s most adventurous composers, utterly skilled, imaginative and resourceful”, Matthew King is a composer and pianist with an international reputation. Reviews have described his music as having “distinctive beauty with disarming theatre sense” (Independent on Sunday), “exhilarating” (The Sunday Times) and “teeming with ideas…with a jauntiness of rhythm and texture” (The Times). Matthew’s chamber opera, The Pied Piper, is currently in production in Salzburg in June, and Nuremburg in July. His new piano concerto will be premiered next week in San Diego. Other works include a cantata, Il Pastorale, l’Urbano e il Suburbano, premiered in 2015 at Aldeburgh and the 2015 music theatre piece, Schoenberg in Hollywood. More site-specific works include King’s Wood Symphony for massed horns and electronics 2007 (premiered in a wood near Challock, Kent, and described in The Independent as “unmissable”) and Velocity, a Hitchcockian tone-poem, premiered by the Aurora Orchestra in 2012. His Totentango was first performed by the London Symphony Orchestra in 2010 and his opera Das Babylon Experiment in Nuremberg in 2008. His community opera On London Fields won a Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Education in 2004. Matthew King is Professor of Composition at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and from 1998 to 2001 was head of Composition at the Yehudi Menuhin School.
Monday 22 October
Venue: Octagon Chapel
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