Musicians promise restful night
A classical trio are hoping to send their audience to sleep when they perform a new work in concert tonight for the first time.
The group have written the piece especially to encourage listeners to start snoring and are even supplying cushions and rugs at the venue to help them along.
The work, called Sleep, is by Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto, singer Joanna Wallfisch and sound artist Teemu Korpipaa and is being staged at a festival in Salisbury tonight.
Festival director Toby Smith said: "The thought of nodding off in a concert is something that I think most of us fear, but in this case the more people who fall asleep by the end, the more successful the performance will have been.
"Pekka is an incredible musician, one who is always looking for different ways of looking at things, and this audience will be given a unique artistic experience that they'll never forget...until they hopefully fall asleep."
The performance will also feature jazz standards, poetry by Edgar Allan Poe, Shakespeare and music influenced by the Beach Boys.
Kuusisto said: " A lot of people are looking for something in music that is not harmonic or sonata form. The kind of music between regular music and wallpaper, or lighting, or perfume. There will be a lot that will register as music but the concert will visit some things that are not instantly identifiable as music."