This year NYO musicians and NYO composer Lauren Marshall have been invited by designer Chris Beardshaw to explore how the emotional responses created by his garden can be expressed in music, in The Morgan Stanley Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. As with previous Show Gardens, this garden reflects Morgan Stanley’s commitment to children’s health and education, and so working with the world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers was an obvious choice for this project.
Speaking about this year’s design Chris Beardshaw said, “I am delighted to be working with Morgan Stanley once again on such an exciting design concept. Gardens and music connect with everyone at some point in their lives and that is really what we are trying to celebrate here. We are working with the talented musicians from NYO to try to illustrate how the music and garden might find some sort of parallel to create garden and music as one. I don’t believe there has ever been a garden at Chelsea that has been inspired by music, and the music inspired by the garden. We are trying to use the music to perhaps paint an audible picture, which describes the beauty of the garden and what the garden represents.”
Lauren Marshall, NYO Principal Composer, aged 17, said: “Writing music for this project as part of Chelsea Flower Show has been a unique and exciting opportunity to explore different aspects of music that I don’t usually consider. Through working with Chris, my perspective of gardens has changed completely, and I have begun to see many connections between the two art forms, which has really shaped my composition for this event. I am excited and honoured to be having my music showcased at such a prestigious event, and I am looking forward to experiencing the relationship between the music and the garden at Chelsea this May.”
Musicians from NYO will rehearse and record the music during their Spring Residency, and will perform live in the garden on 22 May for the world’s media. After that the music will be available to download.