The Listening Post

The Listening Post

This event has finished Took place on: Friday, 13th Sep 2019

A hundred years ago, Britain's composers were part of a vibrant social network connected by post. Through their surviving letters, we can trace remarkable relationships, historic events, falling outs and making ups, moments of inspiration and the brilliant humanity that helped classical music to evolve.

A vast archive of letters between Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, Grace Williams and Elizabeth Maconchy allow us to re-live their experiences and emotions, and the influence these had on their music.

In letters spanning from the 1890s to the 1950s, this circle of composers experience two World Wars and technological revolution; love, laughter and tragedy. In response, they support each other to create works of art that will live with us forever.

As actors read the letters, Southbank Sinfonia’s musicians (Amadeus, National Theatre) will perform their music – mirroring the events that shaped the composers' lives. Chamber music will be passed between stages in Mail Rail’s former engineering depot, demonstrating the vital role that post has played in defining the sound of the 20th century and beyond.

This one-off performance is a collaboration between The Postal Museum and Southbank Sinfonia's #ConcertLab series.

Cost: £14

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2019-09-13 2019-09-13 Europe/London The Listening Post Hosted in the former engineering depot of Mail Rail, a one-off performance that combines music, theatre and museum charts the role of letters in creating the classical soundscape of the 20th century. The Postal Museum,15-20 Phoenix Place,London,

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