“Barclays enthralled clients and friends last week with an exclusive opera depicting emotions of a stock market trading floor.” Citywire

“So what’s the net result? Did I start to forget about the scandals, skullduggery, and greed that have dogged The City? Were thoughts of PPI misselling and Libor-fixing replaced with a sense of peace and well-being? No. But it was odd, ambitious, well-executed, and strangely compelling. If markets are collections of human ambitions and fears then perhaps it’s not surprise that expressed through music, in a discordant world they can bring a little harmony.” Simon Jack, BBC Radio 4 Today Programme

“The audience sat in the middle of the Mansion House’s grand Egyptian Hall, surrounded by a large circle of singers who impersonated traders on the floor of some financial institution, doing deals by semaphore. But more than just impersonate, they actually did trade, buying and selling three commodities – identified as “wealth”, “protection”, “comfort” – in a market whose ups and downs were regulated in some arcane way by the score. And their deals, along with the market analysis, were represented graphically on giant screens, so we could all see how well (or otherwise) they were doing…What lessons we were meant to learn from any of this I’ve no idea. But it was interesting. And it was also telling that every one of the singers ended up making a loss. That much, I guess, was true to form.” Michael White, Telegraph

Originated by Alexis Kirke. Co-created by Alexis Kirke and Greg B. Davies. Supported by Barclays Bank, Plymouth University, and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research.



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