Yesterday, we witnessed events on an unparalleled scale taking place across Greater Manchester as our nation marked the 100th anniversary of the First World War Armistice.
In central, veterans and dignataries set off from Peter Street, where the parade concluded with a gun salute from the Town Hall as the two-minute silence began. And in Tottington, Bury and further afield, crowds in their thousands came to pay their respects to those who lost their lives during the First World War.
But documenting the war, and moreover learning from it, is for many, just as important as remembering those who lost their lives in it. And a new event coming to the Imperial War Museum inspired by a graphic record which captures the very moment the guns fell silent...
Field Music will explore the energy, hope and fragility brought about by the end of the First World War.
The event is part of IWM’s Making a New World season of exhibitions, installations and immersive experiences taking place at IWM London and IWM North, exploring themes of remembrance and how the First World War has shaped today’s society - an announcement very topical to this week just passed.
"A night of sound, song and animation..."
A unique, specially commissioned duo of performances featuring new music by Mercury Award nominated band Field Music will be staged in January 2019.
Taking place at IWM North and IWM London, the live performances promise to "bring audiences a night of sound, song and animation" - all set against the dramatic backdrop of galleries representing over a century of human conflict.
Sunderland-based brothers Peter and David Brewis are behind the performances - and boast several critically acclaimed albums including Commontime (2016) and Plumb (2012). Notably, in 2016 they helped commemorate the Battle of the Somme by writing the soundtrack to 14-18 NOW’s commissioned film Asunder.
David Brewis, of Field Music, says:
"As soon as we saw the graphic record, the possibilities for this project spread out in front of us – a tiny, incomplete fragment, not much more than a moment, but one which could be both the beginning and the ending of a huge story. We’ve always written about uncertainty and this moment was about as uncertain as one could imagine."
Susie Thornberry, Assistant Director of Public Engagement and Learning at IWM, says:
“We were looking for musicians to respond to what happened when the guns stopped and the new world – a world of jazz, freedom and new ideas – emerged...
"We want to immerse IWM’s 21st-century visitors in what the first moments of this new world felt like and to make connections with today. Field Music’s critically acclaimed live performances, reputation for deconstructing sounds and cutting edge approach to storytelling meant they were the perfect artist for IWM to collaborate with in delivering these unique performances.”
Field Music’s performances will respond, artistically, to what happened when the guns stopped and a new world of uncertainty and ideas inevitably emerged.
Audiences to this once in a lifetime event can expect surprises, crescendos and moments of anti-silence in the galleries of IWM North and IWM London.
The ticket price is £22 (plus booking fee) and can be purchased via the official website here where you can also find more information on the event itself, Imperial War Museum opening times and public access.
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This event is part of IWM’s Making a New World season of exhibitions, installations and immersive experiences taking place at IWM London and IWM North, exploring themes of remembrance and how the First World War has shaped today’s society.