On the centenary weekend of the Titanic disaster, we present a moving, evocative and timeless experience. The Sinking of the Titanic, Gavin Bryars’ 20th century classic of experimental music, is a 72-minute meditation inspired by reports that the Titanic’s string band continued to play the hymn tune Autumn as the vessel went down. Themes from the hymn are woven into a timeless soundscape that creates a beautiful sense of sound sinking through cavernous depths, of memory and loss, and of history submerged in time. Turntablist Philip Jeck’s sample-based materials and hazy archival film footage from artists Bill Morrison and Laurie Olinder overlay an extra layer of ineffable nostalgia to this unique experience.
6.15pm Free pre-concert conversation with Gavin Bryars, writer and broadcaster Brian Morton, and Andy Lound, Titanic expert and Curator of the Avery Historical Museum.
On the night of the concert there will be a small display of Titanic memorabilia in the Town Hall foyer, courtesy of the Avery Historical Museum.
Ticket holders can benefit from free entry to 1912: A Titanic Odyssey, an exhibition being staged by the Avery Historical Museum at Soho Foundry, Smethwick. Entry by advance booking only, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0121 568 1667 for opening times and to book.
Gavin Bryars Ensemble
Philip Jeck turntables
Bill Morrison & Laurie Olinder Projection Design
Produced by Forma
20% discount for full and part-time students.
- Town Hall, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B3 3DQ, West Midlands, United Kingdom