Musicians use new technology for global link-up to unite players to perform tunes to mark the Armistice
SCOTLAND is leading a global initiative to create a new and lasting form of Remembrance for the First World War, which will see musicians around the world join together to play new music dedicated to peace on Armistice Day.
The project is the idea of Aberdeen University lecturer Neil Mclennan and Scottish fiddler Thoren
Ferguson, utilising new online interactive technology supported by Edinburgh Napier University.
The idea for Play For Peace #iplay4peace began after Mr Mclennan was asked last year to write a piece considering how we remember the war.
He explains: “I suggested that as we move on from this important centenary year marking the end of the war to the centenary of the two- minute silence, it is important Germany was ordered to pay 132 billion gold marks in reparations to cover civilian damage caused during the war. The cost of the reparations bill was a factor in the country’s economy crashing in the
1920s. we look at how we continue to reflect upon the war and think about peace.
“I asked whether a two-minute silence was enough and whether we needed to look at further ways to remember that can last for another 100 years and – that as a mark of how civilisation has progressed and become more unified – musicians could play in harmony around the world.”
The idea struck a chord and soon Mr Mclennan was fielding emails from interested musicians across the UK and beyond.
He joined forces with Thoren Ferguson who created a new piece of music to encompass the Armistice.
They then received assistance from Napier University and Professor Paul Ferguson, who led a team that developed technology to allow online involvement in real time, wihtout any of the delays found in other systems, allowing musical collaboration from different locations.
Musicians of all ages and abilities are invited to join the global orchestra tomorrow, using social media platforms and the hashtags #iplay4peace, #Armisticeconcert and #Concert4cooperation.
Marianne Taylor with her copy of her great-uncle’s work. Archie Gilkinson came from a humble background in Dumbarton.
Fiddler Thoren Ferguson and Neil Mclennan joined forces.