Passing Bells - A Concert of Remembrance

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Posted: 30 September 2011

For our international concert of poetry and music, readers Gerard Benson and Cicely Herbert are joined by Tony Harrison, Carole Satyamurti and George Szirtes, poets who have written eloquently of the ravages of war and its aftermath. Readings will also include poems by Polish poet Czes?aw Mi?osz and poets from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Samuel Barber's famous Adagio for Strings beautifully captures the feelings "too deep for words" aroused by the inhumanity of war. Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings, which echoes the funeral march of Beethoven's Eroica Symphony, is Strauss's searing lament for the destruction of World War Two.

Bartók's Divertimento for Strings was composed in 1939 just before Bartók fled Hungary for the United States, and reflects the anguish of that time.

The Apollo Chamber Orchestra, founded by David Chernaik, acclaimed for its performances and recording of Mendelssohn, Bach and Handel's Messiah, is part of the Apollo Music Projects innovative programme bringing music to life for schoolchildren in Hackney and Tower Hamlets.

Saturday November 12, 2011, 7.30pm
Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke's, UBS & LSO Music Education Centre
161 Old Street, London EC1V 9NG

Tickets: £15 (£10 conc.) from Barbican Box Office: 0845 120 7552
or book online at

Group bookings:020 7382 7211

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