WWI Canadian ConneXXions

Posted: November 7, 2014 by westminstermusiclibrary in Uncategorized
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Behind the Lines went intercontinental recently, bringing young people from London Borough of Brent together with secondary pupils from Ottawa, Canada, for an exciting WWI-themed concert at the Royal College of Music streamed live over the internet.

In October, participants from Brent Youth Concert Band worked with RPO workshop leader Tim Steiner to explore the themes of Behind the Lines and devise their own exciting piece in response entitled Moose not Mice.

poppyAcross the pond, students from Colonel By Secondary School worked in parallel on their own creative composition, using the Behind the Lines Elgar Resource Pack, with composer Abigail Richardson to create a programmatic piece about a WWI soldier’s journey through the war and beyond.

Dame Evelyn Glennie also joined the fun, performing a new piece for two snare drums written by RCM composition student, Bertram Wee, alongside RCM percussionist, Stefan Beckett.

Watch the performance online here.

This project was carried out in support of Ottawa’s National Art Centre Orchestra’s tour of the UK following the footsteps of Canadian soldiers in WWI.

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