Acoustic Reflections

Join Orchestra in the Shape of a Pear for a concert of experimental music performed from the inside of an empty historic swimming pool.

About this event

Please book a free ticket in advance and there will be a pay what you feel collection on the door


18 instrumentalists will be performing the music of French composer, Gérard Grisey, alongside new pieces by Birmingham-based composers, Georgia Denham and Alex Collet-Sinfield. Expect big soundscapes to fill the large, tiled space with slowly evolving musical textures built up in layers by the orchestra.


Gérard Grisey’s Espaces Acoustiques cycle of pieces makes music out of the basic building blocks of sound that come from a computer analysis of recordings, a technique that has been termed ‘spectralism’. The whole cycle of works (only the first half is being played tonight) starts from a solo piece for a single viola player and builds towards ever larger complex washes of sound that ebb and flow to natural cycles. Grisey’s work looks to reflect innate human rhythms like the breath and the heartbeat as well as the inner workings of sound itself. Performed in the beautiful Gala pool, the music will also reflect the expansive architecture of Moseley Road Baths and interact with the acoustics of the space.


If you would like to learn more about the music of Gérard Grisey, members of the orchestra will be running an introductory workshop to spectra list composition ahead of Friday’s concert, which you can also book here



Dates: Thursday 9th & Friday 10th September

Times: 7.30pm – 9pm

Pay: Pay as you feel on the night


  • It is 1 ticket per person (not family or household) although baby in arms do not need a ticket, everyone else will for covid restrictions.
  • You must have booked a ticket to enter the event.
  • Numbers are limited so please cancel your place if you can no longer attend.
  • To help us with Covid by entering the space you agree with the following
    • Please use the hand sanitiser on entry to the Baths
    • Please wear a mask until you are seated in the session in the Gala Pool ready for the session to start
    • Please keep some distance between yourself and others
    • If you are not feeling well, or think you have a cold, please stay at home


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