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Works on War songs on film

This film tells the story of how the WW1 archives of Milton Keynes, held by Living Archive, have been interpreted through music.

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Great War Remembered

MK Gallery Events Space / Friday 29th May 2015 / 7pm / FREE

This May experience an evening of new compositions, music and film inspired by WW1. Living Archive has been working with Steven McDaniel, young talented songwriters, musicians and film makers to commission new works inspired by the WW1 stories held by Living Archive. This six month project builds on the previous work of the Living Archive Band, and new music, songs and films will be screened and performed live on Friday 29 May, 7pm at MK Gallery’s Event Space by this talented ensemble of performers.

Inspired by the diaries, letters and images of people in Milton Keynes during WW1, this one-off performance will provide a space for people to celebrate and reflect on the people, the lives and the poignant and powerful stories that are still relevant today.

Listen here to the moving ‘Young Veterans’, a poem by Sam Upton

And here to the beautiful song ‘Homefire’, by Sian McGill:

The Great War Remembered – an evening of film and music is free but pre-booking is required from MK Gallery website (http://www.mkgallery.org/events/2015_05_29/friday_night_film/).

For more details contact Helen Innes at Living Archive: heleninnes@livingarchive.org.uk

The Great War Remembered – an evening of live music and film

poppy close-upThis May experience an evening of new compositions, music and film inspired by WW1. Living Archive has been working with Steven McDaniel, young talented songwriters, musicians and film makers to commission new works inspired by the WW1 stories held by Living Archive. This six month project builds on the previous work of the Living Archive Band, and new music, songs and films will be screened and performed live on Friday 29 May, 7pm at MK Gallery’s Event Space by this talented ensemble of performers.

Inspired by the diaries, letters and images of people in Milton Keynes during WW1, this one-off performance will provide a space for people to celebrate and reflect on the people, the lives and the poignant and powerful stories that are still relevant today.

Steven McDaniel says: ‘It is wonderful to work with such a passionate group of young people and great that Living Archive has given them this opportunity to work together and perform live…’ This project is just one of a series of projects funded through Great War MK by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Great War Remembered – an evening of film and music is free but pre-booking is required from MK Gallery website (http://www.mkgallery.org/events/2015_05_29/friday_night_film/).

Instrumentalists needed to help create new songs inspired by WW1

Great War MK postcardSteven McDaniel and Michèle Welborn of Planet Zyz are teaming up with the Living Archive in Milton Keynes to work with a group of young talented songwriters and instrumentalists. The aim is to create new songs inspired by the original testaments of people from the Milton Keynes area who lived through the First World War, which draw parallels with today’s world 100 years later. We will work as facilitators with the songwriters to help them create songs and arrange them for a small ensemble of instruments. The music will then be professionally recorded and an album of quality will be created. The project will culminate in a concert in which the newly created music will be performed.

We are looking for young talented songwriters and instrumentalists aged up to 25 years.

We have successfully recruited a group of talented songwriters and now need more instrumentalists to work with – so please spread the word, or get in touch if you think you could be part of this project.

More information can be found here: Living Archive WW1 Music Project info

Contact: Steven McDaniel – steven@planetzyz.com or call on 07734 103182.