Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Westminster Library launch World War I music project

Charlotte Smith18th Jul 2013
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Westminster Library launch World War I music pr'Behind the Lines' will form part of the 'RPO resound' community and education programme (photo: RPO)

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is teaming up with Westminster Music Library in London for ‘Behind the Lines’, a large-scale programme of musical activities focusing on British composers and music of the First World War. Taking place across Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for 12 months starting in September 2013, a number of outreach events will commemorate the centenary of World War I in 2014 by focusing on composers such as Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Butterworth, Bliss and Holst.

The RPO will present interactive workshops and creative projects designed for adults, families and students at Westminster Music Library and participating schools through its 'RPO resound' community and education programme, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary. ‘Behind the Lines’, which is funded by Arts Council England, is one of several anniversary projects associated with 'RPO resound' in the coming year.

‘”Behind the Lines” is a very special opportunity for local communities to engage with Westminster Music Library, its collections and world-class musicians from the orchestra to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War,’ said RPO managing director Ian Maclay.

To find out more about the project, and to register to be involved, visit the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra website.

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