Darwin's Bio Orchestra Concert St Mary's Church

Bio Orchestra St Mary’s Church

On July 11th 2018 at St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Rd, Luton, Luton Music Mix performed outstandingly alongside the ‘Sparks Mentor’ students from The Royal College of Music. The Concert was a success with an audience of over 225 people attending the concert. It was a wonderful free event for all ages.

Being a Luton-born artist, it was an honour to collaborate with Head of Composition at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, Simon Speare, to produce a Bio Orchestral score of music from Luton’s environment. Simon Speare’s students who attend the Royal College of Music Junior Department have also each produced a piece of music influenced by one of 12 locations, in and around Luton.

The first part of this project has now been completed with the world premiere performance by Luton Youth Orchestra with The Royal College of Music Sparks Mentors, playing newly commissioned piece ‘Turning Towards the Sun’, by composer Simon Speare, written especially for Luton Mix and inspired by the Bio Readings from 12 locations in and around Luton.

The Second part of "Darwin’s Bio Orchestra” concert will be held on October 6th 2018 Reception 5pm Concert 5.30pm in the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College Of Music, Prince Consort Rd, London SW7 2BS. Luton Youth Orchestra will visit the Royal College of Music and sit side-by-side with students from the RCM Junior Department in a performance of Simon Speare’s “Turning Towards the Sun” and also perform the 12 RCMJD student’s Bio Orchestra compositions.

This is a ticketed event and if you would like to attend for the final performance at he RCM than please contact me on


2 tickets are allocated for each enquiry, due to the limited number of seats available. (This is subject to availability).

I look forward in seeing you there. 

Royal College of Music musicians were part of a team that rehearsed and performed with local students from Luton Music Mix .

Several Art works were positioned within St Mary’s Church: The glass plates from each location, The 4 plaster forms, The 4 vinyl lines taken from the reading of St Mary’s Church and 12 sketchbooks.

Also as part of the Concert Alexia Sloane RCMJD student had her composition played by the Sparks Mentors, Alexia is visually impaired and used the 4 sculpted plaster forms to help visualise the lines and transposing the movement of form through her touch into a musical score.

Photos © Rachel Cherry