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A timeless and moving musical experience to mark the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster. Composed in 1969 and first recorded for Brian Eno's Obscure label, Gavin Bryars' The Sinking of the Titanic was inspired by reports that the ship's string ensemble continued to play the hymn tune Autumn as the vessel sank in April 1912.

The Sinking of The Titanic

Gavin Bryars Ensemble & Philip Jeck

15 April 2012 / 20:00
Barbican Hall
Tickets: £15 - 25
(subject to availability)

A timeless and moving musical experience to mark the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster. Composed in 1969 and first recorded for Brian Eno's Obscure label, Gavin Bryars' The Sinking of the Titanic was inspired by reports that the ship's string ensemble continued to play the hymn tune Autumn as the vessel sank in April 1912. Throughout the 72 minute piece Bryars and the ensemble weave refrains from Autumn with layers of Jeck's sample-based materials, creating, at times, clamouring waves of sound that suggest the great engines and massive bulk of the vessel and the ocean that swallowed it. The result is a heart-achingly intimate and direct work.

Featuring projection design by Bill Morrison and Laurie Olinder.

The Sinking of the Titanic
Composed by Gavin Bryars
Performed by Gavin Bryars Ensemble
Philip Jeck on turntables
Projection design by Bill Morrison & Laurie Olinder

Pre-concert talk

Fountain Room, 7.15pm

Gavin Bryars in conversation with Brian Morton - Free to The Sinking of the Titanic ticket-holders

 

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