Friday 26th November: BBC NOW & Helen Arney

BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, Friday 26th November, 7.30pm – book tickets here

Fusing electronic and orchestral music with Archimedes’ principles, join the Will Gregory Moog Ensemble, Helen Arney and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales for a scintillating night of music.

Speaking ahead of the concert, Will Gregory said:

“Firstly this is the first time we’ve performed together in two years, so it’s a joy to be back as an ensemble. Secondly this will be a massive experiment to see what happens when you put 10 analogue synths into a full orchestra. Over the 9 pieces we will play there are a full range of different combinations between the Moogs  and The BBC National Orchestra Of Wales exploring all kinds of permutations between us, from Synth bass with bass trombones and tuba, to wild hi Si Fi lines with the violins.

The synths have a larger range of high to lows than any orchestral instrument, so one test is to see what happens with this combined sonic spectrum. But also the sheer energy and excitement that comes from adding us together to produce more than the sum of the parts will be what we are hoping to achieve.  Plus we are combining science and music in a new and experimental way too, by having Helen Arney explaining nine of Archimedes greatest achievements each followed by a kind of audio description in music to bring home the drama and brilliance of his thinking.”

Writer, science presenter, geek songstress and ‘Voice of an Angle’ Helen Arney steps to the fore to present this unique event. A familiar face to many, she has appeared on TV, Radio and in theatres across the world with her unique mix of stand-up, songs and science, plus tours with science comedy phenomenon Festival of the Spoken Nerd.

This concert is the perfect evening for those who enjoy listening to the most iconic synthesiser, and hearing about one of the world’s greatest mathematicians!