Aural Histories: Coventry 1451–1642

Aural Histories is a three-year interdisciplinary research project that brings together scholars in historical musicology, performance practice, audio engineering, acoustics and architectural history to explore the civic and ecclesiastical music and ritual in Coventry from the Reformation to the English Civil War. Using emerging digital technologies and interactive VR models of Coventry's lost architectural performance spaces, along with research into historic performances, the interdisciplinary and collaborative project aims to recreate the experiences of musicians and audiences in this period.

The project will also engage with local communities and audiences as active participants in the practice-led research process and through a series of live performances. The research will culminate in an immersive augmented and virtual-reality user experience, making tangible the intangible cultural heritage of civic and ecclesiastical music-making within its rich architectural and material context.