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.

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