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The vertical performance space will create a completely unique and innovative 3D sound

Live Music Sculpture Plays First Time in Historic Vertical Space

Visitors to London’s Monument experience landmark musical innovation inside the column, the first time in 334 years!

The Monument to the great fire of London, in the City of London, will be hosting its first ever unique live music extravaganza by Live Music Sculpture on Saturday and Sunday 1st and 2nd October 2011. On these two days only and at no extra cost, visitors will be indulged in a musical journey never before experienced.

This is the first event of its kind to be hosted inside the 202 ft high stone structure in the 334 years since construction. Whilst walking up and down the 311 steps of the spiral stone staircase, visitors will see and hear five musicians including a soprano positioned inside the four large alcoves and at the bottom of the stairs. The vertical performance space will create a completely unique and innovative 3D sound and at the very top visitors will be greeted by the 360 degree panoramic view of London’s impressive skyline providing a grand and breathtaking pinnacle to their experience.

The creator of the event, Samuel Bordoli, is a multi-award winning composer and musician of his generation. He will be composing a 15 minute piece, simply entitled, Monument which will be repeated at regular intervals throughout the two days, totalling 18 performances.

Samuel said, “I had been looking to do something different with acoustics for quite some time and on visiting the Monument last year I realised it was the perfect place to develop my ideas.”

He continued, “Working with the building’s acoustical properties, we will be able to create sounds and musical effects which would be impossible to achieve anywhere else. This will be a truly historical event, and Live Music Sculpture will be the first people ever to have composed music for, and perform, in this magnificent structure. This will temporarily alter its function, which has not been done in the 334 years since it was constructed. This would also be the first piece of music composed for a vertical space/column, an act which, as far as we are aware, is unprecedented.”


Notes to Editors:

Samuel Bordoli and Live Music Sculpture
· Samuel Bordoli founded Live Music Sculpture in 2011. He is concerned with the notion of creating large, living breathing musical sculptures in unique architectural spaces. He explores the impact of acoustical curiosities on form, structure, colour and harmony, and ultimately encourages musical exploration with all the senses from the listener.

· The first of these Live Music Sculptures will be performed in the Monument where the entire structure will be transformed into a huge, resonant musical instrument.

· The actual instruments playing in the Monument will be the viola, violin, horn, clarinet and a soprano.

· Samuel currently holds the Mendelssohn Scholarship. His music has been performed by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, the London Sinfonietta, Tête à Tête Opera Festival, Exaudi and the Southbank Sinfonia.

The Monument
The Monument was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Robert Hooke and was built in 1671-7 to commemorate the Great Fire of London which devastated the City in 1666. It is constructed of Portland stone and the simple Doric column is topped by a flaming copper orb symbolising the Fire.
The Monument underwent a £4.5 million restoration project in 2007 which took two years to complete.
It is maintained by the City of London at its own expense, is open to the public every day from 9.30am-5.30pm (last admission 5.00pm). Admission costs £3.00 per adult and £1.00 per child (under 16). Joint tickets with Tower Bridge for £8.00 and £3.50 respectively are also available. The nearest underground station is Monument.

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Aneela Rose
Aneela Rose PR
Tel: 01444 241341

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