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Telemusic – Practical Project 2020

Posted on 8 December 2020

Our annual departmental Practical Project has been cancelled only once in its history. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, our students and staff were determined that this year's production would go on!

Practical Project is a herculean undertaking at the best of times. Involving all first-year students and many second and third years too, an intensive five-week rehearsal period culminates in a succession of public performances. Due to coronavirus, however, such performances have not been possible this term. Instead, this year's student team has overcome the enormous challenges involved with rehearsing and recording under social-distancing regulations to devise a feature-length performance which – alongside an interactive website – was premiered on YorkConcerts YouTube channel on Friday 4 December at 19:45.

Based on the theme of music and distance, Telemusic explores the idea of how humans have used sound, from antiphonal music to recent advances in telecommunications, to bring us together while being apart. Filmed across the University, including on location at Heslington Hall and Greg's Place, the project uses traditional recording techniques alongside the employment of drones to capture performances of music by composers such as Gabrielli, Purcell, Josef Suk and Louis Andriessen in a truly unique fashion – you can watch the full performance by clicking on the video below!