Mastering music using power of mind and organ

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Leeds Town Hall’s 50 foot-high, 70-tonne organ is usually reserved for only the most accomplished musical maestros.

But visitors to this year’s Light Night Leeds event next month will get the once-in- a-lifetime chance to compose a unique symphony using the 160-year-old instrument - using only the power of their minds.

Artist Marcus Lyall’s installation, On Your Wavelength: Pulling Out all the Stops will use specialist equipment including a headset and the latest software to read peoples’ brain activity.

Each participant’s reading will then be brought to life, in an extraordinary display of light and sounds, played through the organ’s 6,500 antique pipes.

Mr Lyall, who has previously created pieces for top artists including The Chemical Brothers, said: “Leeds Town Hall is an amazing building, and the organ is an incredible piece of equipment which really represents the pinnacle of that Victorian style.

“There’s something that feels almost naughty about having a go on the organ for yourself, but this is such an amazing part of our history and it’s a real privilege to be opening it up in a new way to people on Light Night.”

The remarkable organ, built by Gray and Davison, was first played at the opening of the town hall by Queen Victoria in 1858.

Now in its 13th year, Light Night Leeds takes place on October 5 and 6 and will include more than 60 art installations.

The installations will illuminate key landmarks and arenas across the city centre during the event.