Metronome appeal

When was the last time you spent some quality time with your metronome? Well here’s a chance to do just that!

We’re on the hunt for mechanical metronomes and their owners to take part in Ligeti’s Poeme symphonique at the Beyond Classical performance session on Tuesday 5 March in Symphony Hall’s Cafe Bar. The piece is scored for 100 metronomes which are all set ticking simultaneously at different speeds and gradually wind down over a period of up to half an hour.

There’s no rehearsal, you just need to come along a little before the session which starts at 7pm but, because we need 100 for the performance, we do need you to register your interest in being part of this unique event. Just drop us a line to to say you and your metronome want to take part, and if you’d like to tell us a little about your ‘nome or let us have a photo please send it along as well and we’ll upload it to the webpage.

Poeme symphonique is part of the regular Beyond Classical free performance series in association with Birmingham Conservatoire, and one of the events in the mini-series Reich: Influences which explores Steve Reich’s profound impact on contemporary music and the composers who have influenced him.

UPDATE – We are now over half-way to our target of 100 metronomes – but are still looking for more to take part in this performance! To see some of the stories behind the metronomes donated so far, as well as pictures, visit our bloghere

Photo credit: Nigel_appleton