Yoko Ono led attendees in an interactive musical art piece, to celebrate the opening of Manchester International Festival.

BELLS FOR PEACE issued thousands of people who gathered with handbells, who were then instructed on how and when to ring by Ono, appearing on a giant video screen.

This was accompanied by a soundscape by composer and sound designer Max Ringham and three large tuned bells rigged in custom towers dotted around the event site.

The bells were also joined by impressive chorus-like peals from the powerful bells of the adjacent Manchester Cathedral.

Audio was provided by tube uk, who supplied a quadrophonic sound system to ensure multiple layers of sound were audible.

tube’s Melvyn Coote commented: “Working with an artist like Yoko Ono on something as unique as this, was demanding, exciting and inspirational.”

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