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Music Behind Bars: First World War Internment Camps

Wednesday 1 October 2014, 6:00 pm

Museum Piano Gallery

Music Behind Bars: First World War Internment Camps

6.00-8.00pm

Internment camps for ‘resident aliens’ were a feature of both Britain and Germany during the First World War. However, the degree of artistic freedom afforded to inmates and the creative output of incarcerated musicians is perhaps surprising. Dr Rupert Ridgewell from the British Library and Dr Lewis Foreman each present an illustrated talk on this subject — the former exploring the internment camp at Alexandra Palace in London, and the latter Ruhleben Camp in Germany. With orchestras, concerts and compositions, music became both a recuperative force and a means to maintain control.

This event complements the Academy Museum’s current exhibition, War Music: Notes from the First World War, which runs until March 2015.

Free, no tickets required