Brass hitting new heights

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LANCASTER University sports centre was the venue for an aerial concert by brass players from the Lancashire Sinfonietta.

Five of them donned hard hats and harnesses to scale the climbing wall to play excerpts from the James Bond theme tune and Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines.

The event began the Lancaster University Curate the Campus arts project, which features artist staging unusual projects in unusual locations, until May 12.

Fiona Sinclair, general manager of the Lancashire Sinfonietta, the orchestra in residence at Lancaster University, said: “We were inspired by the Olympics this year to do this,

because sports and music do not often go together. It’s an amazing sense of achievement to have played two pieces so well while suspended up high. Who knows what we’ll try next!”

Tuba player Ewan Easton added: “I have never played while hanging around like that, and my muscles are shaking from the effort, but it was absolutely fantastic.

“The tube was attached by a rope and it was very heavy, but I’ll relive this over and over again.”

Climbing wall instructor Alice Benson taught the brass players how to climb the wall just a few hours beforehand.

She said: “They were nervous but really keen and they didn’t have any qualms about going up.”

The aerial concert is a dry run for the Lytham Open, when the Lancashire Sinfonietta is considering playing on top of a church tower.

Events taking place on campus at the weekend include the world premiere of visual artist Franko B’s new performance Because of Love on Friday, May 11, in the Nuffield Theatre.

A family activity day will be held on Saturday, May 12, the highlight being theatre company Talking Birds’ giant whale ‘beaching’ on campus to swallow audiences up.

Inside the LICA building, there will be a range of drop-in art and music workshops.

Entry to the majority of events is free and tickets for Franko B’s Because of Love available via {http:// www.liveatlica.org|www.liveatlica.org.}

For further details on all events and workshops, visit the Live at LICA website, or call 01524 594151.