Ada sketches by Emily Howard

Ada sketches by Emily Howard

Monday, 30 November, 7-9pm
Mathematical Institute, Andrew Wiles Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG


Join us for a performance of 'Ada Sketches' by Emily Howard, a short opera about the pioneering mathematician Ada Lovelace, performed with students from the Royal Northern College of Music. As well as the performance and presentation of the work by Emily Howard, audience members will be able to participate in the composition of mathematical music by working with the musicians to turn numbers into notes.

Part of ‘The Lovelace Trilogy’ composed in 2011, ‘Ada Sketches’, a dramatic scena for mezzo-soprano (Ada), flute, clarinet and percussion, explores a musical solution to a computation as solved in the hypothetical 1842 Analytical Engine. It will be performed by RNCM Alumna mezzo-soprano Rosie Middleton and current RNCM students Lily Caunt (flute), German Martinez-Merino (clarinet), and Aiden Marsden (percussion).

This event is part of the 200 year anniversary celebrations of Ada Lovelace and follows the very successful "Science of Harmony" evening held at the Science Museum on Friday 23rd October. It draws inspiration from the note by Ada Lovelace: "Supposing, for instance, that the fundamental relations of pitched sounds in the science of harmony and of musical composition were susceptible of such expression and adaptations, the engine might compose elaborate and scientific pieces of music of any degree of complexity or extent."

Tickets are free of charge but limited to one per person and will be released in two tranches. We are grateful to the many supporters of the event, including the  RNCM, the Transforming Musicology project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and FAST supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.