Thereminists are heading to town

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THEREMIN players from around the world congregate in Scarborough this week.

From Friday to Monday, they are taking part in talks, workshops, masterclasses and performances, some of which are open to the public.

One of the highlights is set to be a concert at the Spa Theatre on Sunday, when theremin players will take on classical pieces of music.

They include Lydia Kavina, the grand niece of the theremin inventor, and virtuosi Carolina Eyck, Barbara Buchholz, Thorwald Jorgensen, Olesya Rostovskaya, Wilco Botermans, YouTube sensation Thomas Grillo and electronic genius Thierry Frenkel.

On Friday, on Oliver’s Mount, a musical welcome will be recorded and pressed on to vinyl.

On Saturday, at Hull University’s Scarborough campus, a creative music technology group will join participants for masterclasses and demonstrations on dedicated sound stages. Lecturer Robert Mackay says: “We are delighted to be hosting such an exciting event at the university and it is a wonderful opportunity for many of our students to get involved.”

The theremin is an electronic instrument invented in 1919 by Leon Theremin. It is played by electronic guru Jean Michel Jarre, Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and comedian Bill Bailey.

The theremin was used in the title music of detective series Midsomer Murders, played by Celia Sheen. And film buffs may recognise the sound of the theremin from The Day the Earth Stood Still, Spellbound, The Thing, Ed Wood and The Machinist. The last two feature Lydia Kavina.