The Florian Quartet are committed to sharing our music with as many people as possible. Our current work includes creative workshops in schools and crossover projects with science and maths. We are always looking for new ways to connect with people through our music so if you are interested, please get in touch via our Contact page!
Creating Musical Stories Schools Tours 2018-19
We are very excited to have bee awarded funding from Arts Council England, Kings College London, Cornwall County Council and FEAST, to deliver a series of schools tours in Cornwall over the course of this academic year.
We will be giving workshops to pupils from:
St Cleer Primary
St Neot Primary
This project consists of three visits to ten local schools in South East Cornwall, culminating in a free community concert. The sessions are designed to help children create their own stories in response to the quartet’s playing. We will play a piece of music and then break it down phrase by phrase to help the children invent their story. We will be going back to the same schools, seeing the same students each time. The hope is that, by the end of the project, the children will feel confident that they can listen to new pieces on their own and connect emotionally with the music, without the feeling that it is written for someone else.
We are aiming to create the audiences of the future who know that classical music is for everyone!
THE ART OF FUGUE AND THE SCIENCE OF SYMMETRY
Looking at the patterns that connect nature, music and everyday life
About the Project...
Good science, like good art, needs creativity! Through live performance, clear explanations and visual examples, this event looks at some of the ideas that connect music and science, ranging from the maths of pattern formation to the ways even musicians rely on experiments. By the end of the presentation, you will understand not only the workings of some amazing natural phenomena, but also be able to make sense of some of the most complicated music ever written.
Hosted by engineer and science communicator Justin Greenhalgh, with performances and demonstrations by the Florian Quartet.
In the final years of his life, the composer J.S. Bach (1685-1750) wrote a complex, long and abstract piece called “Die Kunst der Fuge” – or The Art of Fugue. More than 250 years after his death, Bach’s music is still revered for almost mathematical sense of process and proportion, and this piece is perhaps the ultimate example of a thought experiment exploring the possibilities of musical structure. Starting with a single theme of disarming simplicity, he gradually subjects it to a huge variety of transformations, weaving a musical tapestry of ever-increasing complexity. Listening to this music is a serious cognitive challenge! But how can science, and an investigation of the deep structure of sound, help us to make sense of it? And what might this process tell us about the relationship between science and the arts more generally?
By building visual models of key aspects of the piece, together we develop a musical function box – a tool that we can use to manipulate, play with and understand Bach’s musical material and what he does with it. Delving into The Art of Fugue using this physical language opens up a whole new field of questions. What types of symmetry does the composer draw on? What does he do when the basic transformations sound wrong? What do these visual representations tell us about music’s relation to other aspects of the natural world? And most practically, can building and playing with sonic objects genuinely help us to make sense of this complex piece? We hope to answer some of these questions, and to ask plenty more besides!
The event lasts approximately 2 hours (with interval).
Suitable for ages 11+
First Performed at Brighton Science Festival 2017.
Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AF
Please contact us for more information