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The Sinking of the Titanic

 13 April 2012 at 7.30 pm 

The Sinking of the Titanic

Town Hall, Birmingham
Victoria Square B3 3DQ
United Kingdom
0121 780 3333

On the centenary weekend of the Titanic disaster, we present a moving, evocative and timeless
experience. The Sinking of the Titanic, Gavin Bryars’ 20th century classic of experimental music,
is a 72-minute meditation inspired by reports that the Titanic’s string band continued to play the
hymn tune Autumn as the vessel went down. Themes from the hymn are woven into a timeless
soundscape that creates a beautiful sense of sound sinking through cavernous depths, of memory
and loss, and of history submerged in time. Turntablist Philip Jeck’s sample-based materials and
hazy archival film footage from artists Bill Morrison and Laurie Olinder overlay an extra layer of
ineffable nostalgia to this unique experience.
6.15pm Free pre-concert conversation with Gavin Bryars, writer and broadcaster Brian Morton,
and Andy Lound, Titanic expert and Curator of the Avery Historical Museum.
On the night of the concert there will be a small display of Titanic memorabilia in the Town Hall
foyer, courtesy of the Avery Historical Museum.
Ticket holders can benefit from free entry to 1912: A Titanic Odyssey, an exhibition being staged
by the Avery Historical Museum at Soho Foundry, Smethwick. Entry by advance booking only,
email or call 0121 568 1667 for opening times and to book.

Gavin Bryars : The sinking of the Titanic

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