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Monday, 22 April, 2002, 13:49 GMT 14:49 UK
Mobile phone Ring Cycle planned
Turner and Moore
Turner and Moore say the piece will be "a bit of fun"
A composer is planning to première an interactive symphony written for the ring tones of 30 mobile phones at a summer music festival.

Composer Simon Turner and writer Marcus Moore are due to give the piece, entitled New Ring Cycle, its world première at the Cheltenham Music Festival in July.

The pair plan to invite 30 phone owners to play the ring tones in the piece, which has yet to be written.

Leonard Slatkin
Immobile: There are no plans for Leonard Slatkin to take part

The 30 participants will be known collectively as the Cheltenham SIM-phone-ya.

Turner is planning a work of three movements, the first exploring the history of the mobile phone and the second featuring audience participation.

The third is described by Turner and Moore as "a celebratory finale".

"The work is supposed to be a bit of fun," said poet Moore.


"These mobile phones are like little Bontempi organs, and we thought we could use them together, just like an orchestra.

"You hear these things go off every day," he added. "Perhaps we could use them to do something more interesting."

The New Ring Cycle is due to be performed on 20 July.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra is scheduled to perform, with chief conductor Leonard Slatkin and soloist Melvyn Tan, at the festival, which runs from 5 to 20 July.

The BBC orchestra is due to play pieces by Copland, Schumann, Ives and Stravinsky on 6 July.

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