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Interactive Gig Aims to Strike a Chord

The first interactive classical gig for people with tablets is to take place at the Cadogan Hall in Chelsea on April 25.

Audience members will be asked to turn on their iPads and enjoy a display of architectural images, backed up by a musical performance by the Orpheus Sinfonia.

The aim is to attract a younger crowd to classical music gigs. Stephen Goss, composer of the app-enhanced piano concerto which receives its world premiere at the event, took inspiration from Thomas Heatherwick's Olympic 2012 project, Cauldron of Petals.

When pianist Emmanuel Despax plays, the audience will be helped to visualise the music with a film of Heatherwick Studio works.

The film also includes scenes of Manchester's B of the Bang sculpture from the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

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