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Bristol's 5G technology gives aspiring musicians chance to play live with Jamie Cullum

Press release issued: 16 May 2019

The University of Bristol’s Smart Internet Lab is behind a landmark musical event that will see amateur musicians rehearse and perform live with platinum-selling artist, Jamie Cullum, from different venues across the UK – at the same time.

The pioneering project is an initiative of UK charity, Music for All. Its aim is to give amateur musicians the opportunity to learn from and share the limelight with one of the UK’s most successful artists, whilst showcasing the potential of ground-breaking connective technology. This project brings together King’s College London, EE, Yamaha, the City of London Corporation, the University of Bristol Smart Internet Lab and We The Curious.

Bristol's Smart Internet Lab will be providing the 5GUK Test Network infrastructure for the ‘5G music lesson with Jamie’. It will be supported by Smart Internet Lab researchers under the guidance of the University of Bristol’s Professor Dimitra Simeonidou, a world-leading expert in 5G'.

The amateur musicians will form a band to perform music from Jamie Cullum’s soon-to-be-released new album at an event on 25 June. While Jamie will be in a major Central London venue, his band will be in Bristol and Birmingham, remotely connected via 5G in a world-first event.

The call is out for amateur musicians to join this exciting project – including a drummer, keyboard player, bass player and two vocalists. Those interested in joining the band are invited to submit a video of themselves performing a piece of music that best demonstrates their talent, with a bio and a few words about why they want to be involved in this exciting initiative.

Entries closed on 26 May. Further information can be found on the Music for All website.

Further information

The Smart Internet Lab at the University of Bristol and our 5GUK Test Network

The Smart Internet Lab at the University of Bristol is a hub for internet research which addresses grant societal and industrial challenges. We perform cutting edge research on optical and wireless communications and offer a unique holistic approach to hardware and software co-design, solving critical problems in the global internet evolution. We are world leaders in 5G convergence research and have deployed 5G capability in Bristol city centre focusing on the convergence of fibre infrastructure and 5G wireless access. The University of Bristol's 5GUK Test Network is the UK’s first urban 5G End-to-End Testbed.

King’s College London  

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 31,000 students (including more than 12,800 postgraduates) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 8,500 staff.  

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*).  

Since our foundation, King’s students and staff have dedicated themselves in the service of society. King’s will continue to focus on world-leading education, research and service, and will have an increasingly proactive role to play in a more interconnected, complex world. Visit our website to find out more about Vision 2029, King’s strategic vision for the next 12 years to 2029, which will be the 200th anniversary of the founding of the university. 

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