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East Kent string orchestra Revelation Strings record from home Lockdown Loops by David Burridge

An orchestra has played together for the first time since lockdown and has racked up its largest audience ever thanks to the power of remote recordings.

All 32 members of East Kent based Revelation Strings performed and recorded a specially written piece from their homes by Deal composer David Burridge.

Revelation Strings in action

The musicians submitted their recordings which were intertwined to create Lockdown Loops which has so far amassed more than 1,000 views on YouTube.

Composer and conductor Mr Burridge said the orchestral group, comprised of students, teachers, amateurs and professionals, would ordinarily meet 12 times in the spring and summer.

They would perform four concerts to audiences across Kent but like countless professional and amateur orchestras around the world, Revelation Strings was forced to down bows in March.

He said: "I composed a piece for each musician to record and submit from home consisting seven short loops.

"These short loops repeat, intertwine and intersect, creating a conversation between players, united by a cello solo from Matthew Sharp."

Revelation Strings. Picture David Burridge
Revelation Strings. Picture David Burridge

Mr Burridge added: "Collaborative music making in isolation brings an opportunity for new opportunities.

"It was great, the response I got from everybody. People were delighted to be back together, unified in this project and I was delighted to make contact with them all.

He said: "I've had a stunning reaction - words like 'joyous', and that's brilliant to hear."

Revelation Strings play as part of The Big Reveal, a charity that carries out education projects in Kent and beyond, providing rich opportunities for the young and old.

Mr Burridge is the charity's education director.

David Burridge composed Lockdown Loops
David Burridge composed Lockdown Loops

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