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Orchestra performs requiem using old gas and electricity meters

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has released a three minute requiem performed on instruments made from old gas and electricity meters.

The track entitled A Requiem For Meters, composed by British musician and filmmaker Gary Tarn, is part of the Smart Energy GB campaign to raise awareness of the UK-wide rollout of smart meters.

Smart meters will replace analogue gas and electricity meters in every UK household by 2020.

Members of the Royal Philharmonic recorded the recital at London's famous Abbey Road Studios on custom-made instruments including electric meter violins, cellos made from empty gas meters and a timpani drum constructed from 18 gas meters welded together.

It is being released as a free track on Spotify and the Smart Energy GB website.

Royal Philharmonic conductor Chris Egan said: "Abbey Road studio two has been the site of some extraordinary experimental recordings over the years, but this recital played entirely with instruments made from old gas and electricity meters is perhaps one of the most unusual.

"It has been great fun to conduct and I think we have ended up with the perfect soundtrack to mark the passing of old meters and the coming of smart meters."

Smart Energy GB chief executive Sacha Deshmukh said: "This project has brought together the skills of some of the best instrument makers in the country with our finest musicians to record this beautiful and unusual piece of music which will mark a momentous transformation, taking place in every home in the country."

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