Invisible Squares echo the music of the String Sinfonia

EarBox Returns to the Studio 3 Gallery with the University String Sinfonia on Weds 23 March at 1.10pm.



Italian piazzas provide a perfect backdrop for string orchestra, including John Woolrich’s Ulysses Wakes, as #EarBox returns to Studio 3 Gallery with the University String Sinfonia on Weds 23 March at 1.10pm. Studio 3 Gallery, Jarman Building.

The concert is part of the #EarBox series, which brings music and images together in Studio 3. The gallery’s current exhibition Le Piazze [In]visibili – Invisible Squares has been extended until the 25th March, enabling the two events to blend.

Woolrich’s Ulysses Wakes, is a transcription of Ulysses’ first aria in Monteverdi’s opera Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, first performed in 1640. Daniel Harding, the event organiser and Head of Music Performance, describes how Woolrich reimagines, Ulysses’ questioning aria, through the dark-hued tones of a solo viola, played here by Music Performance Scholar, Charlotte Cane. Le Piazze [In]visibili, curated by Marco Delogu, presents photographs, with texts, of Italian squares emptied during Covid. The eerie beauty of the piazza provide a fitting surround.

The rich programme also includes Purcell’s Chacony; Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis and Vivaldi’s lively ‘Spring’ from The Four Seasons and music by Jacob Brown.