I have designed a mood board as inspiration for my thinking for our cinematic setting. Shadows feature heavily in these images and we have every intention of picking out those fascinating and beautiful shapes that the Quartet make when they play their instruments. In line with general aim of the Bristol Proms, the idea is to bring new audiences to classical music by being innovative with approaches to its performance. Seurat’s drawings are a big inspiration – a recent discovery for me through my drawing classes. His work is wonderful – evocative and mysterious. Just beautiful.
We want to create an immersive setting which will allow the audience to become absorbed in watching how the Quartet relate to their instruments and to each other as they play. We do not, however, want this to compromise the listening experience in any way, particularly in the timeless third movement. I am looking forward to experimenting with the different possibilities for how we might achieve this when we have our full rehearsal with Quartet and crew next week. We plan to experiment with the lighting as well as camera angles to reflect the different moods of the music.