Wednesday 26 June 2013

Worlds in Collision: Music and the Trauma of War

In partnership with the City of London Festival, the Musical Brain is presenting a two day conference, Music and the Trauma of War at the Mansion House on 28 and 29 June 2013. The theme of the conference chimes in well with one of the themes of the City of London Festival (see my review of Britten's War Requiem). As well as lectures, there are panel discussions, and music from the Band of the Adjutant General's Corps, the Royal Artillery Band, Adrian Thompson and Anna Tillbrook.

The conference's first day has composer Nigel Osborne as its leader and looks at The Application of Music to the Trauma of War.  Talks include a number of Music Therapy, a history of Shell Shock, Nigel Osborne on creative songwriting as Music Therapy, and the work of the Band of the Adjutant General's Corps in Afghanistan. The day ends with a panel discussion, Is Creativity Theraputic?

For day two, the conference leader is journalist and writer Stephen Johnson and the theme of the day is The Response of Music to the Experience of War with talks by Stephen Johnson, Alberto Portugheis the pianist nominated for the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize, and Ltd Col Bob Meldrum the Principal Director of Music (Army). There is a lecture recital with Adrian Thompson and Anna Tilbrook on War poetry and songs of the 20th century. The day ends with a concert being given by the Royal Artillery Band. They were founded in 1762 and are the oldest established orchestra in Great Britain. Directed by Captain Craig Hallatt they will be performing songs by George Butterworth and Ivor Gurney, arranged by Nigel Osborne, with tenor soloist Adrian Thompson, plus music by Karl Jenkins, Hermann Koenig, Philp Sparke and Rob Wiffin.

Further information from the Musical Brain website.

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