On April 15 2012 Barbican played host to a special audiovisual concert to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Titanic disaster.

The Sinking of the Titanic was performed by its composer Gavin Bryars and his ensemble. Bryars' seminal composition was inspired by reports that the ship’s string ensemble continued to play the hymn tune Autumn as the vessel sank in April 1912. This latest adaptation of the work was infused with layers of Philip Jeck’s vinyl-based samples, and performed with a scenography of archival film images cued live to the music by artists Bill Morrison and Laurie Olinder.

A pre-concert conversation with composer Gavin Bryars and writer and broadcaster Brian Morton took place before the performance.

Find out more: forma.org.uk/archive/2012/performances/the-sinking-of-the-titanic

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