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The Longplayer Trust and Goldsmiths University present Longplayer Day

Renowned composition piece Longplayer and the university's music department are celebrating their recently established partnership

Longplayer is a composition for singing bowls that was conceived by artist Jem Finer. The projected 1000 year long composition began on 31 December 1999 and since then has continued to play without repetition, with a projected end scheduled for the year 2999, when it will start again from the beginning.

Longplayer Day, held for this June, will mark the longest day of the year. Starting at midday and ending at midnight, participants will walk a route from Goldsmiths Great Hall to Longplayer's location at Trinity Buoy Wharf lighthouse, along which they will encounter a number of musical events or happenings.

Confirmed acts for the midsummer aural walk include: Áine O'Dwyer playing Annea Lockwood's Piano Transplant No. 1, Siswå Sukrå, Steve Beresford & Blanca Regina, Dominic Murcott performing Harmonic Canon, Angharad Davies, and Charles Hayward. There will also be a screening of John Latham's Erth and Adam Scovell's Holloway which includes contributions from Robert MacFarlane, and Stanley Donwood.

Watch a short film introducing Longplayer by Rebecca E Marshall

Longplayer Day will take place on 21 June 2017 at Trinity Buoy Wharf Lighthouse, London. You can also stream it live via its website.