And as we reflect on the centenary of the First World War, a powerful new music project featuring Mercury Prize folk artists Sam Lee, Rachel and Becky Unthank will receive its world premiere on Wednesday 17th September at Birmingham’s Town Hall.

This project,  co-produced by sounduk, Barbican and Opera North in partnership with Town Hall & Symphony Hall,  is an incredibly powerful performance that marks the centenary of the First World War by connecting the creative landscape of wartime England circa 1914 to contemporary Britain in 2014.

A Time and Place presents new material inspired by personal stories and arrangements to First World War poetry alongside original repertoire from the time against striking visuals from Birmingham video designer Matthew J Watkins (Gorillaz, Beat13, Live_Transmission: Joy Division Reworked). This event is funded by Arts Council England and PRS For Music Foundation and is part of the Imperial War Museums First World War Centenary.

British folk singer Sam Lee, whose 2012 album ‘Ground Of Its Own’ garnered a Mercury Music Prize nomination for Album Of The Year, undertook extensive research for A Time And Place earlier this year by discovering wartime songs and stories from rural communities in the south-west of England.

Sam will be joined on stage at Birmingham’s 180-year old Grade I listed Town Hall by north-eastern singer-storytellers Rachel and Becky Unthank – who have set new music to First World War poetry and more – along with band-mate Adrian McNally who has arranged all of the above for an 11-piece ensemble including string quartet and brass.

Following this world premiere, the show will continue in London and Leeds. This event will surely bring history, creativity and talent into one unique experience. For more information visit the Town Hall & Symphony Hall website.

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