Music

From cutting-edge research to magnificent live performances, there is a musical experience for everyone at The Arts Institute.

Through the commissioning and development of new music, alongside supporting new talent and bringing world-class musicians to Plymouth, The Arts Institute is pivotal to the growing music scene across the South West; this includes our programme of participatory community music partnership activities.

The ‘new music’ flagship event is the annual Contemporary Music Festival, promoted in partnership with the University of Plymouth’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR).

Our new Music Director – Dr Robert Taub

An acclaimed pianist known for his interpretations of Beethoven and new music, Dr Robert Taub has performed as guest soloist with many of the world’s foremost orchestras and conductors. 

Robert will oversee our entire music strand and plans to use his expertise to make Plymouth’s music scene as ‘vibrant and as great’ as it can be!

Join us for a free talk and performance where Robert will share his thoughts on a range of music and composers. He will also look ahead to some of the concerts coming up in our music programme for 2019.

The Arts Institute Music Director – Dr Robert Taub

Contemporary Music Festival 2019: MULTIVERSE

MULTIVERSE is the theme of University of Plymouth Contemporary Music Festival (CMF) 2019, which celebrates the internationally renowned research combining music, engineering and the life sciences developed at the University of Plymouth’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR).

MULTIVERSE proposes a weekend of musical interpretations of the quantum world. It will premiere a duet between a pianist and an Artificial Intelligence improviser, and a piece composed with a quantum computer.

Explorations season at The Arts Institute

This season we have shaped our programme around the theme of Explorations, an apt subject given that Plymouth is Britain's Ocean City, where many an epic journey first began. With such a rich history and expertise at out finger tips, we have looked at notions of exploration from many different angles. 

From explorations of creativity within music, looking specifically at Beethoven's artistic leaps of innovation as presented by Dr Robert Taub and a special performance by the London Mozart Players, to quieter more personal journeys that change the way we observe the world in which we live, as seen through the eye of photographer Jem Southam in the exhibition 'Birds, Rocks, Rivers, Islands'. 

The thirst for knowledge and understanding often provide the first impetus for exploring, and whether ground breaking or taking baby steps, exploration is without a doubt an essential part of being human. 

Credit: Mark Cocker