From a previous production: projections of water overlay the decorative arches of a large room as an orchestra play.
Photo credit: Laurie Olinder. From the Ridge Theater / Peregrine Arts production of "The Sinking of The Titanic." This realisation of The Sinking of the Titanic was co-commissioned by Peregrine Arts and the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University with the generous support of the Philadelphia Music Project, a program of The Pew Charitable Trusts, administered by the University of the Arts. Additional funding was provided by the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation and the Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund.

The Sinking of the Titanic

Composed by Gavin Bryars

Friday 13 April 2012

Town Hall

This event is archived

  • If you require a wheelchair position (subject to availability) please call the Box Office on 0121 780 4949.

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 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

  • Town Hall, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B3 3DQ, West Midlands, United Kingdom
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