Celebrating Ada Lovelace through the medium of music

Celebrating Ada Lovelace through the medium of music

An enthusiastic audience enjoyed last night's performance of "Ada Sketches" by the composer Emily Howard at the University Of Oxford's Mathematical Institute.

Ada Sketches is a short operatic work about the pioneering mathematician Ada Lovelace , performed by students from the Royal Northern College of Music. As well as the performance and presentation of the work given by composer Emily Howard (with mathematician Lasse Rempe-Gillen ), audience members joined to create five truly unique pieces of music by turning their own numbers into notes. 

This event was part of a 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 drew 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."

The evening - supported by the e-Research Centre and other partners including the TORCH project, RNCM, the Transforming Musicology project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the FAST supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council - was deemed a great success by all who attended.