A celebratory afternoon of Agatha Christie-related musical mysteries featuring musical influences from across the globe, from mystery sonata composer Heinrich Biber (1644-1704) to Justin Bieber.
The afternoon will feature community participation of all generations, new film-footage, investigations of celestial realms, a new form of puzzle-poetry and Japanese composer Makoto Nomura’s virtual appearance as well as solo performances from extraordinary composer Emma Welton and baroque string player Jenny Bliss.
Concert to include:
– Biber solo violin Mysteries from the 17th century played by Jenny Bliss on Baroque violin
– New ‘Mystery’ by Emma Welton – for violin, pipe organ and crungles played by Emma Welton
– ‘Why’ and ‘Thumbprint Compositions’ – performed by The Aubergines Family Orchestra
– ‘The Finding In The Temple’ – a new filmed mystery with live music by Steve Sowden and Makoto Nomura
– ‘The Presentation’ – a piece for Agatha Christie hard and softback books played by Trio Of Men
– ‘The Visitation’ – a choral mystery with supernatural elements performed by the Dragonfly Choir
Watch a short film of the preparation of Mystery Music from a workshop by Hugh Nankivell and Makoto Nomura in Tokyo, Japan earlier this year:
Trio of Men (Hugh Nankivell, Steve Sowden and Ben Ballard) are creative municipal song-makers from South Devon. Their artistic partnership has resulted in projects and performances regionally, nationally and internationally. They were musicians in residence at the 2017 International Agatha Christie Festival and in 2015, they devised and directed ‘The Heaviside Condition’ re-imagining the life of local eccentric genius Victorian engineer and mathematician Oliver Heaviside as a shamanic pantomime. They worked on the music for the award-nominated National Theatre of Scotland project ‘Ignition’ directed by Wils Wilson, and created film and music for “Earth Echoes”, the International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks 2016 Opening Ceremony. Most recently, they curated ‘Invoking 50 Articles’, a choral response to Brexit with the creative community choir The Choral Engineers.