1 March 2016Time: 7:30pm
Venue: The Octagon, Queen's Building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, E1 4NS
Ossian Ensemble, directed by Darren Brown
King George III’s relationship with QMUL is interesting. The Royal London Hospital was originally named The London Infirmary and was founded in 1740, when George was a baby boy. However, The London Hospital Medical College, the first in England and Wales, was founded in 1785 during George III’s reign.
The Ossian Ensemble present a musical exploration of altered mental states, from insanity and drug trips to religious ecstasy. Taking centre stage is the seminal work of 20th century music-theatre, Eight Songs for a Mad King, by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, depicting the real-life madness of King George III in a drama that is by turns moving, disturbing and darkly humorous. This will be a rare fully-staged performance. In addition, this concert begins the Ossian Ensemble's ground-breaking "80 Songs" tour, marking their 10th anniversary year, in which they are commissioning and premiering 80 new works from composers of widely varying styles and at different stages of their career, and will include premieres by composers including QMUL Composer in Residence, Edward Nesbit, together with James Young and Darren Bloom.
Ticket Prices: £6 (FULL), £2.50 (STUDENTS)
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Grateful thanks to Dr Catherine Carr for her curation in this project and to Professor John Sloboda for his invaluable advice and support.