The Acting Scene recommend you try and see the The Harmonium Project, this Friday a free outdoor visual spectacle set to music at the Usher Hall.

The Harmonium Project will transform the outside of the Usher Hall into a canvas of moving images celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus. Since its foundation in 1965, the chorus has featured some of Scotland’s best amateur singers, performing alongside the world’s most respected musicians (this year, they perform at the opening concert, alongside the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Donald Runnicles).

The section of Lothian Road opposite the Hall will be closed to traffic, allowing spectators to occupy a makeshift version of a square.The Harmonium Project is a complex musical science experiment, a collaboration between the International Festival and 59 Productions, working with the Centre for Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh.

59 have just won a Tony Award for their video work on Broadway show An American in Paris, but the company – whose aim is to push the boundaries of technology within the arts – are no strangers to Edinburgh. In 2006, they designed the video set for the phenomenally successful Black Watch and since then have worked on War Horse, on the London 2012 Opening Ceremony and Lighting the Sails, an installation at the Sydney Opera House.

Festival Square, Edinburgh
Fri 7 Aug
Free / 0131 473 2000
Part of Edinburgh International Festival.