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Symphonies of Steam, Fire, Metal and Water

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The latest creation from Eye Music Trust was for our 2016 Touring event in Liverpool’s Albert Dock….

When the Liverpool Culture team told us about the first Steam Festival they were organising to take place at Albert Dock in May 2016, we conceived a gigantic Symphony of Steam, Sparks and Space.

Composer Ansuman Biswas was commissioned to create a one-hour Symphony for the massed Steam Traction engines taking part in the festival, along with local Samba community orchestra Katumba, and a huge array of metal percussion, smoke and pyrotechnics.

We built the World’s Largest Set of Tubular Bells (accredited by Guinness World Records) - 120 lengths of scaffold, tuned and cut to size by George Roberts Scaffolding, Liverpool and hung from the canopy of the Albert Dock Floating Stage.

The assembled crowd of around 25,000 people were treated to a spectacular visual and sonic Symphony, as the Samba percussion surrounded them with rhythm; the Steam Traction Engines, Steam train, and Steam tugs hooted and called to each other; the giant Tubular Bells created huge waves of sound; and the whole thing built to an intense climax with Chinese acoustic fireworks and gas cannons!

This event is now scheduled for further reincarnations in Rotherham and beyond - see What’s On for more details.

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