Royal Philharmonic Orchestra gives a performance for plantsMarch 24th, 2011 - 7:33 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
London, Mar 24 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has given a performance to a rare audience - plants.
The performance was on the request of a shopping channel to test the hypothesis that classical music greatly improves the growth of plants. The 33 members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra played for three hours.
There were more than 100 different plant species in the auditorium. The species included those of perennials, bulbs, geraniums and fuchsias.
Scientists over the years have believed that plants grow better when classical music is played. A similar study was conducted in South Korea by the National Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology in 2007. The scientists realized that two samples reacted positively to the tunes from 14 classics.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has performed some strange tunes before but the group’s conductor Benjamin Pope admitted that what they did with the plants was nothing like they have done before.
The performance was held at Cadogan Hall in London. The tune played was titled “The Flora Seasons: Music To Grow To”. The performance was commissioned by QVC and the tune is available on their website for download. The tune is 45 minutes long.
QVC’s gardening presenter, Richard Jackson, said that, “There is a big debate on whether music can actually stimulate better plant growth but hopefully the release of our classical soundtrack will encourage gardeners to put the theory to the test.”
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