Edinburgh International Festival: Jonathan Harvey, Triptych
with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Saturday 13 August 2011, 8pm
Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH1 2EA
part of the Edinburgh International Festival series
Jonathan Harvey, Triptych
....towards a Pure Land
IRCAM computer music design for Speakings
Ilan Volkov conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Body Mandala, Speakings and ...towards a Pure Land are described by the composer Jonathan Harvey as exploring ‘the Buddhist purification of body, mind and speech'. Using technology developed at IRCAM, the cutting edge music research institute in Paris, Speakings explores the possibilities of realising human speech in an orchestral context. Body Mandala is influenced by the sounds associated with Tibetan purifi cation rituals, while ...towards a Pure Land evokes a utopian state of mind.
One of Britain's finest living composers, Jonathan Harvey has been greatly influenced by both electronic music and eastern spiritual philosophies. This concert will be the first occasion when these three works have been performed together as the composer intended.
This concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
How to get there
- Many local bus services stop on Lothian Road 25m from entrance.
- Edinburgh has two railway stations Waverley and Haymarket both within a 15 minute walk of the Usher Hall.
- West: Via M8, A8, Haymarket, Shandwick Place, Lothian Road, Castle Terrace East: Via A1, Princes Street, Lothian Road, Castle Terrace South: Via A74, Braid Road, Morningside Road, Bruntsfield Place, Earl Grey Street, Lothian Road, Castle Terrace North: Via Forth Road Bridge, A90, Queensferry Road, Queensferry Street, Melville Street, Shandwick Place, Lothian Road, Castle Terrace
- There are wheelchair access places in the Stalls and Grand Circle and wheelchair accessible toilets are available. Parking spaces for disabled badge holders are located across from the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Grindlay Street, however due to continuing landscaping work outside the Hall, it may be wise to phone in advance to check availability.