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Ada Lovelace Imagining the Analytical Engine

November 2, 2019 @ 6:30 pm


A musical tribute to a woman who united the worlds of 19th-century romanticism and cutting-edge science – Ada Lovelace: thinker, computer pioneer and enchantress of numbers.

In an unsympathetic age, Lovelace was a visionary figure: exploring far-reaching mathematical concepts, writing what many recognise as the world’s first computer programme, and anticipating the immense potential of future computers. This evening combines words and music to offer a post-millennial perspective on her legacy and achievement.

It’s devised by Emily Howard, whose own music explores the frontiers of scientific thought, as part of our Life Rewired season. Britten Sinfonia will perform specially commissioned works inspired by Lovelace, written by Howard and her contemporaries. This includes Alter, which innovatively combines Robert Laidlow’s original work with the outputs of an artificial intelligence developed by the team of musicians and scientists at PRiSM – a fusion of human and machine creativity to make Ada proud.

Find out more here. 


Barbican Centre
Silk Street
London, EC2Y 2DS
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Jack Petchey FoundationNational Foundation For Youth MusicArts Council England
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