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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

MK Gallery Events Space / Friday 29 May / 7pm / Free but pre-booking required

Living Archive has been working with young local songwriters, musicians and film-makers to inspire new works that retell the local story of WW1. This six month project will culminate in an evening of live performances and screenings presented in MK Gallery’s Events Space. The project is part of The Great War MK and funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund.Works on War Mitch and Manny

Book your free ticket online via MK Gallery’s website HERE

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

Cowper and Newton Museum Commemorate WW1

Commemorate the WW1 centenary with our Old Time Music Hall Extravaganza on 25th April at the Carlton House Club.

Be transported back in time to the good old days and reminisce with tributes to great acts such as Gert & Daisy, Laurel & Hardy, Wilson Kepple & Betty, Stanley Holloway and more. Bring a hat and join in the gaiety!

Download the Old Time Music Hall Poster here.

Tickets are only £3 but in limited supply, tickets available from Cowper and Newton Museum or via 01234 711516.

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.