Visitors to Durham Castle will be able to hear recordings of music composed using data from the castle itself.

Vital Signs will be played in the Castle’s Norman Chapel between 14 and 28 November.

The music was first performed in front of a live audience in the Castle’s Great Hall by musicians playing percussion instruments similar to those which would have been played at the castle hundreds of years ago.

Created by artist Jo Coupe, Vital Signs was composed using data from the castle, such as visitor numbers, relative humidity and temperature readings.

Jo Coupe worked with percussionist and composer Brendan Murphy and three other musicians, who were hand-picked for their ability to play instruments similar to those which might have been played at the castle in medieval times.

The commission is part of the Meeting Point project, managed by Hexham-based Arts&Heritage, which has paired artists with nine museums in the North East and Yorkshire, to create new pieces of work inspired by the museums and their collections.

Funded by Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund, Meeting Point presents artworks in unexpected places and supports small and medium scale museums to commission artists, who will create a piece of work in response to the venue.

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