A spectacular, specially-commissioned music and light finale to Yornight on 25 September brought the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey in York back to life.
Hearing the Past: St Mary’s Abbey Reconstructed recreated the acoustics and sounds of the building, dating from 1088, in a unique cross-disciplinary project from the University of York. The event waspart-supported by the HEFCE Higher Education Innovation Fund.
Professor Ambrose Field, composer and Head of the University of York’s Department of Music, wrote Architexture Two, performed by members of the Ebor Singers.
The piece was specially written to take account of the reverberation St Mary’s would have if still standing today. It was great to simulate the Abbey’s acoustics, which were originally modelled by Stephen Oxnard and Dr Damian Murphy.
The event ran as the finale of the fabulous YorNnight 2015 European Researchers’ Night in York.
Pre-event talk on music, virtual acoustics and singing in reconstructed spaces.