Academy joins the Southbank Centre for events marking the First World War Centenary

-Posted on 29.10.2014

At the famous Southbank Centre on Sunday 9th November, the Academy Symphony Orchestra will perform Britten’s War Requiem conducted by Marin Alsop. This performance alongside a variety of events including talks, lectures, poetry and a workshop with Open Academy and Academy Fellows will form part of a day of events marking the 100th anniversary of World War One.

Our outreach department will be running a free family music making workshop that centres on the Museum’s current exhibition ‘War Music: Notes from the First World War’. Using exhibition objects such as soldier song books, a burnt-out harmonica and a trench gramophone as inspiration, head of Open Academy Julian West will lead a creative workshop to create a brand new composition.

The workshop will be followed by a performance in the Clore Ballroom— the culmination of a month-long project in the involving 30 performers. Children from Alexandra Park School in Haringey and students and Fellows from the Academy directed by Jackie Walduck, a frequent visitor at the Academy, will perform a devised response to aspect to Britten’s War Requiem.

The Academy Symphony Orchestra will then take to the main stage at the Royal Festival Hall to perform Britten’s War Requiem conducted by Marin Alsop alongside Natalia Tanasii (soprano), Ben Johnson (tenor), Johannes Kammler (baritone), National Youth Choir of Great Britain and the Voicelab Children's Choir.

For more information about all the events taking place on the day, and for tickets to the performance of Britten’s War Requiem

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