Friends Soiree: Moon Symphony

Tuesday 18th November 2014 @ 18:00

Paul Gladstone Reid MBE, Composer in Residence at Imperial College London

Moon Symphony is a collaboration between leading scientists, philosophers and artists in which the myth, science and our lunar future is explored through the medium of music. Hear the story and the premiere performance of the Prelude.


Paul Gladstone Reid is a creative musician, artist, producer and
performer, driven by ideas, emotions and events that impact culture and society.

Paul Gladstone Reid

He is the first ever composer in residence at Imperial College London. His compositions range from orchestral works, ballets, choral, chamber and ensemble, theatre, film, cross-cultural and contemporary popular music.

They have been performed by The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche
Kammerphilharmonie, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra, The London Sinfonietta, London Musici, and members of BBC Symphony and broadcasted on Television and Radio in the UK, Caribbean, Africa and Europe.

He collaborates with artists from the world of classical and opera, dance, visual arts, gospel, jazz, world music, experimental and the pop music.

Maya's Aria will be sung by the operatic soprano Abigail Kelly. Abigail graduated from the Birmingham Conservatoire with First Class Honours and then studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama under the tuition of Helen Lawson.

Abigail Kelly

She has performed with the English Touring Opera in a number of roles including Despina in Cosi Fan Tutti and as a member of the chorus in Simon Boccanegra, Don Pasquale, Il Tabarro, La Clemenza di Tito and The Siege of Calais. Also with ETO she sang an acclaimed role of Fido in Benjamin Britten's Paul Bunyan earlier this year. Apart from the UK she has performed in South Africa, Jamaica, Hungary, Montserrat, Grand Cayman, Luxembourg, France and Germany.



The timetable for the evening is as follows:

18.00 - arrival for 18.15 start
Registration, glass of wine on arrival.

Introduction by Rod Rhys Jones, Chairman of Friends:
What the Moon Symphony is and how the Imperial College London relationship came to be.

Paul Gladstone Reid MBE, Composer-in-residence, Imperial College London:
Video & Music Presentation of Moon Symphony Part I: ‘Majestic Mysterium’
Quick overview of the Research & Development of Moon Symphony Part II-VI: Data, Insights & Interpretation; Inter-disciplinary Collaboration; Natural and Physical Science integrated, Social Sciences & Technology; Dissemination; Factual Entertainment and Science Communications through the Arts.

Panel Discussion on collaboration between science and the arts
Dr. CHRISTOPHER RILEY, BAFTA nominated film producer, director and writer specialising in science, engineering and history. 
Dr. MARK RICHARDS (Department of Physics, Imperial College and DJ)
AMBER-MICHELLE HILL  (Neuroscientist and Artist)

ABIGAIL KELLY and PAUL GLADSTONE REID Performance: Solo PIano: Majestic Mysterium and Maya’s Aria for Soprano and Playback

19.30 - 20.00
Refreshments and conversation.

Venue: 170 Queens Gate, Imperial College London

Campus Map reference 24
on the Imperial College London Map