Tuesday 21 February 2023

An inclusive approach and inventive instrumentation: RNS Moves and BSO Resound join forces for Kate Whitley premiere

Clarence Adoo, founder of RNS Moves
Clarence Adoo, founder of RNS Moves

RNS Moves, the inclusive ensemble bringing together disabled and non-disabled musicians from Royal Northern Sinfonia (RNS) are joining forces with players from BSO Resound, the disabled-led ensemble at the core of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, for a performance at Sage Gateshead on 3 March 2023.

They will perform a new piece, Falling, by Kate Whitley (co-founder of the Multi-Storey Orchestra). Falling was composed after a series of workshops and has been specially orchestrated to feature the accessible electronic instruments used by the musicians – including a Linnstrument and the Headspace. The performance will be conducted by RNS Principal Conductor Dinis Sousa. The evening, which also features the Royal Northern Sinfonia, will include works by Ligeti, Sibelius, and Kodály. 

The Linnstrument is an expressive MIDI controller for musical performance that senses the fingers’ subtle movements in five ways, enabling musical performance expression that can rival that of fine acoustic instruments. 

The Headspace is an innovative MIDI wind instrument controlled by breath and head movements. It was created by German composer-inventor Rolf Gehlhaar for Clarence Adoo MBE, who co-founded RNS Moves after a life-altering car accident left him paralysed from the neck down, meaning he could no longer hold his position as a trumpeter in RNS. 

Full details from the Sage Gateshead website.

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