RPO and Westminster Music Library launch WWI music project

- 18 July 2013

First world war composers and music are the focus of ’Behind the Lines’, a new partnership between the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Westminster Music Library announced today. The project, funded by Arts Council England, is timed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the war.

The programme will run during the course of the entire 2013/14 season, with participatory events in the library itself and a number of schools in the London boroughs of Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea. The composers featured will include Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Butterworth, Bliss and Holst.

The RPO’s participation is part of its community and education initiative RPO Resound, itself celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013.

Ian Maclay, Managing Director, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, said: ‘I’m delighted to announce this important partnership as part of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s community and education programme &#8210 RPO resound &#8210 which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary. Behind the Lines is a very special opportunity for local communities to engage with Westminster Music Library, its collections and world-class musicians from the orchestra to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.’

Westminster City councillor Danny Chalkley said: ‘As Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at Westminster City Council I was very pleased to hear of the proposed Behind the Lines music project. Westminster City Council is proud to support local arts initiatives; however, this project is particularly valuable. It seeks to engage all age ranges from all parts of the community and will promote cultural and artistic history.’

In March, Westminster City Council approved a budget which will see its arts funding scrapped from April 2014.

For more information and to sign-up for one of the public sessions please go to

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