Commissioned by The Edinburgh International Festival
In Partnership with The University of Edinburgh
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Peter Oundjian, Conductor
Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Christopher Bell, Chorus master
Junior Animator & Data Wrangler
(Photographs by Eoin Carey)
Edinburgh Festival Chorus, The Royal Scottish National Opera, University of Edinburgh
Usher Hall, Edinburgh, August 2015
The Harmonium Project was a free outdoor event marking the opening of the 2015 Edinburgh International Festival and the 50th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus. Created by 59 Productions, the event combined John Adams’s mesmerising choral work Harmonium with a series of spectacular animations, projected onto the outside of the Usher Hall, with an audience of almost 20,000 people gathering on Festival Square to view the transformation of this much loved Festival venue.
Working with the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics, the project examines the effects singing has on both the performer and the listener.
A recording of Harmonium formed the soundtrack to this spectacular event, performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Edinburgh Festival Chorus conducted by Peter Oundjian.
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(Photographs by Murdo McLeod)