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'Tunes from the Trenches': A free family musical commemoration of World War I at Enginuity (11th September 2014)

On Saturday 25 October 2014 the Stringcredibles, a quartet of CBSO musicians (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra) will be performing 'Tunes from the Trenches' at Enginuity, one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums, to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

This free specially written fifty minute show has been designed to help schools (KS2) and families gain a greater understanding of the conflict with a combination of classical music, readings and projections of images from the Imperial War Museum.

The audience will be invited to turn back the clock to the year 1914 when the performers will explore the ‘War to End All Wars’. They will cover the themes of friendship and loyalty, pacifism and patriotism, musical propaganda, life in the trenches, reunion and remembrance. There will also be plenty of opportunities for audience participation as they will be invited to join in with singing, clapping and marching.

The show is much more than just music as it also includes projected images from the Imperial War Museum and features excerpts from Michael Morpurgo’s acclaimed novel, ‘War Horse’, and from the award winning book, ‘Archie’s War’ by Marcia Williams.

The Stringcredibles are an independent string quartet of CBSO musicians dedicated to working in schools and community settings, inspiring creativity and supporting instrumental learning. During the show they will be performing a brand new song by composer Rebecca Lawrence and traditional tunes arranged by Timothy Jackson.

There will be two performances on 25 October in the Covered Bays adjacent to Enginuity near Ironbridge. Performances start at 10.30am and 1pm. The event is free of charge but places must be pre-booked by calling Rose Lloyd on 01952 435900 or booked online www.ironbridge.org.uk. Families, community groups and schools are all welcome to attend.

This project is run in partnership with the Marches Network and is generously supported by Arts Council England, through an award from the National Lottery funded, Grants for the Arts Scheme.

For further information, contact Rose Lloyd Tel: 01952 435900 or visit www.ironbridge.org.uk. The Gorge is easily reached via the M6 and M54 motorways exiting at Telford (M54 junction 4 or 6).