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22 February 2023

10 Good Reasons To Sing Out Of Tune

A NI Science Festival Event

10 Good Reasons To Sing Out Of Tune

Join us in the Harty Room in QUB’s Harty Room in the Music Department to explore the implications that tuning (or the lack of it) has on live performance.

We are collaborating with Dr Trevor Agus, senior lecturer in the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queen’s University Belfast, to deliver a seminar exploring the different systems and temperaments used to tune instruments throughout different eras of history.

Delving into the grey area between art and science, we will explore the scientific theory and methodology behind tuning and delve into musical theories and treatise, and will explore which tuning systems work best for the performance of different styles and musical periods, for opera and other genres of classical music too.

Piano tuner James Henry will also be talking about the processes and techniques of tuning a piano at this event.  James is the main tuner for the Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Halls, Ulster Orchestra and BBC NI. Preparing concert pianos for professional recordings and performances is his speciality.

Tickets are free but must be booked in advance via the link.

Age advisory: 14+


Dr Trevor Agus

Piano Tuner
James Henry

Event Partner