UWE Bristol team create a Silver Rose

Issue date: 04 November 2014

Dr Liz Lane

Silver Rose – Liz Lane

Lydbrook Band, conductor: Ian Holmes, narrator: Robert Hardy CBE

Sunday 9 November 2014, 16:30, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Dr Liz Lane, Senior Lecturer in Music Technology, Composition and Performance at UWE Bristol, has been commissioned by Bristol City Council to compose a new work which will be conducted by Ian Holmes, Director of the UWE Centre for Performing Arts.

The piece, entitled Silver Rose, is a ten minute piece for brass band and narrator. It is one of twenty arts projects selected to receive funding from Arts Council England, to be exhibited and performed throughout Bristol 2014: The City and Conflict - Bristol's programme chronicling conflict and its effect on the city throughout the last century.

Silver Rose will be performed by Lydbrook Band, conducted by Ian Holmes and narrated by Robert Hardy CBE. The music incorporates poems by Bristol born poet Isaac Rosenberg who died in action during World War 1, read before and during each of the five movements. The title refers both to the final poem used in the work, Song, which includes the words 'silver rose' and to the 1914 Star medal, awarded to soldiers who served under fire in France and Belgium between 5 August and 22 November 1914. The soldiers were entitled to wear a small silver rose on their medal ribbon when not wearing the medal itself.

Liz says, “This is a wonderful opportunity to contribute to the commemorations of those that lost their lives in World War 1. I am delighted to be working again with Ian and the Lydbrook Band, and for such a fabulous actor as Robert Hardy CBE to agree to narrate Silver Rose.

The concert, which starts at 16:30 and lasts for an hour, incorporates an Act of Remembrance, as well as a varied programme of music including the March from Holst's A Moorside Suite and Nimrod from Elgar's Enigma Variations.

Further information and free tickets can be obtained from the Bristol 2014 and Bristol Museum and Art Gallery websites.

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