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Imperial College hosts day of science and music

Thursday 15 March

The latest sound technology will be explored by 150 primary school children at Imperial College London on 20 March 2001.

MaST (Music and Science Technology) Fair 2001, a collaboration between the College and Sinfonia 21, its ensemble in residence, will give local children the opportunity to explore the connection between music and science. It aims to provide a fun and interactive day out, during which they will learn about the artistic and scientific aspects of music.

Over the course of the day the children will discover what sound looks like with Imperial College physicists and compare the different waveforms created by different sounds. Composer Robert Worby will use digital sound processing equipment to put together a piece of music from sounds created by the children. Digital sound designers SoundIntermedia will show how the children's voices can be sampled and manipulated. By the end of the day, participants will be able to perform their compositions to their peers.

Oliver Rivers, chief executive of Sinfonia 21, said: "MaST Fair exemplifies everything Sinfonia 21 strives for. It stands at the cutting edge of music and science education, helping to form the creative, technologically literate workforce that today's society demands. Our work here would be impossible without the close support and involvement of Imperial College; we are delighted that in return, our education initiative has helped bring them closer to the local community."

If you would like to attend, please contact:

James Redwood
(Sinfonia 21)
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7584 2759
Fax: +44 (0)20 7581 0970

Notes for editors:

Sinfonia 21 was founded in 1989. For ten years its Chairman was Dennis Stevenson (Lord Stevenson of Coddenham CBE), who played a key role in developing the orchestra's unique commitment to science and technology. The orchestra's residency at Imperial is motivated by the ideal of "One Culture" - the belief that the divorce between the arts, sciences, and technology have had damaging social, cultural, and economic consequences. The orchestra's residency aims to bridge this divide. The orchestra has an outstanding reputation for its performances of the widest range of orchestral repertoire.

Under Principal Conductor Martyn Brabbins, the most highly regarded English conductor of his generation, the orchestra has been particularly admired for its commitment to twentieth century and contemporary music. Important engagements since its foundation have included appearances at Musica Viva in Brussels, the Warsaw Autumn Festival, tours of Russia and Sweden, and performances at the BBC Proms and festivals throughout the UK. The orchestra is currently touring the UK with the Mark Baldwin Dance Company, another groundbreaking venture which brings one of the country's most brilliant choreographers together with some of its finest musicians.

Sinfonia 21 has been resident at Imperial College since 1997, where it carries out a unique programme of research, and education and community work. The orchestra's educational and artistic activities have recently benefited considerably from the active support of Michael Portillo, who joined the orchestra's Board earlier this year. The MaST programme is a year-round series of workshops and projects carried out in local schools, which enable children to learn about music as an artistic and scientific phenomena, and allow them to use new technology to this end.

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