Curated by David Owen Norris

David Owen Norris, piano, and Joseph Spooner, cello

Presenting a selection from their concert series “A Dream of Germany”

In collaboration with UCL’s Rare FM, live digital broadcasting of the concert

Even after a hundred years, nations struggle with the legacy of the Great War. Recently, Germany raised the delicate subject of the United Kingdom’s approach to the 2014 centenary, hoping it would shun triumphalism and celebrate the achievements of peace. Historically, musicians make a splendid case-study of the fruitfulness of international amity. For many, many years British composers were inspired to study and work in Leipzig, Dresden, Frankfurt and Berlin, while German musicians pursued careers in London. The sudden loss of centuries of fertile musical exchange between Britain and the great cultural centres of Germany is one of the least appreciated consequences of the Great War. To mark the centenary, Joseph Spooner and David Owen Norris present a series of concerts that celebrate the composers for whom there was no cultural divide.

The concert, broadcast digitally through UCL’s student radio, will show non-academic audiences how the radio and the Internet, whose technological origins reach back to World War I and the Cold War, have enabled new forms of cultural collaboration across borders.

1 May 2014 at UCL.

Note: times and the exact location are subject to confirmation in March 2014.

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