to the opening concert of belfast festival: d-fuse have been commissioned to provide a visual score for holst’s ‘the planets’. here, the inevitable shot of test card on gauze screen.

one flaw in this line of expression is that you never have the setup to fully explore the form or pretty much even rehearse most of the time. history repeated itself here with much time lost to flying a succession of screens and battens to get an acceptable framing, and the belfast philharmonic providing a coda to the light level negotiation that was beyond parody… far, far from the professionalism you’d expect with belfast festival the loser.

nonetheless, amongst all that, we had that magic moment where it all comes together: alone in the hall with lights down, imagery commanding a vision in space… and, simply put, that music.