Strings attached at the heart of the matter

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A musical experience like no other is promised later this month, when Heart Variations for String Quartet Friday is performed at Preston Playhouse.

Conceptual artist Egle Mei explores the human psyche through her work, seeking to unite the language of body, music and feelings.

Over two years, she has recorded electrical impulses of people’s hearts (ECGs) and encoded them into notes.

Mei has collaborated with two of England’s best composers – singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Meike Holzmann and rising classical star Ian Stephens, whose music has been performed by several famous orchestras – to turn the encoded notes into two beautiful and breath-taking contemporary classical music pieces, which will be performed across the North West.

As part of the concert, winners of a Preston Young Composers Competition will share their first classical compositions for string quartets. The music of Ian Stephens, Meike Holzmann and the winning Preston students will be performed by the Liverpool String Quartet, whose members are also players of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The evening will include refreshments and after party with the participants. Join them for an interactive evening of innovative new music. From 7pm, Friday, April 25. Tickets £10, children, family x 4, groups of 10 or more – 10 per cent discount from www.quaytickets.com