Friday 7th August see this year’s Edinburgh International Festival open with a large, free, public outdoor event which sees a spectacular digitally animated artwork projected onto the front of the Usher Hall, set to music.
The Harmonium Project is an outdoor event marking the opening of the 2015 Festival and the 50th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus.
The event starts at 10.30pm and you will be able to view it from Festival Square. No tickets required.
Created by 59 Productions, the event combines John Adams’s mesmerising choral work Harmonium with a series of spectacular animations, projected onto the outside of the Usher Hall, with audiences gathering on Festival Square to view the transformation of this much loved Festival venue.
Working with the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics and Edinburgh College of Art, the project examines the effects singing has on both the performer and the listener.
59 Productions combines technology and art to tell amazing stories. In recent years it has created the video design for the opening of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Digital Revolution exhibition at the Barbican, London, and the Lighting of the Sydney Opera House sails for the Vivid Live festival.
A recording of Harmonium forms the soundtrack to this spectacular event, performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Edinburgh Festival Chorus conducted by Peter Oundjian.