At Politics and Spirituality, the next in a series of weekends forming part of The Rest Is Noise festival, two days of talks, screenings, and workshops tracking the rapid changes of the 1970s and 1980s will be held. The weekend (which runs Saturday 2 – Sunday 3 November) will look at topics including Cold War poetry, protest movements, plays, and films. Music created by composers on both sides of the Iron Curtain in response to these changes – whether creating overtly political works or seeking a return to a more spiritual approach – will also be shared.
The weekend (which runs Saturday 2 – Sunday 3 November) will accompany a month-long concert programme exploring these differing approaches to music*
- Historian Catherine Merridale, author of Red Fortress: History and Illusion in the Kremlin, will deliver the keynote opening lecture on Soviet society in the 70s and 80s.
- A rare opportunity to hear Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina discuss the spiritualism in her music.
- Poets Elaine Feinstein and George Szirtes talk about Cold War Poetry.
- Writer Leslie Woodhead discusses his book How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin with Robin Denselow.
- The concert programme includes Transcendent Passion, a performance of Gubaidulina’s String Quartets (Saturday 2 November, free to Day/Weekend Pass holders), while London Philharmonic Orchestra Foyle Future Firsts will perform Galina Ustvolskaya’s Symphony No.5 (Amen) – a haunting setting of The Lord’s Prayer (Wednesday 6 November)
- Also in the concert programme – John Tilbury introduces extracts from Cornelius Cardew’s Paragraph 5 of The Great Learning by the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and James Weeks (Sunday 3 November, free to Day/Weekend Pass holders); and Music Changes Things? – politically drive works from two significant post-war European composers, Hans Werner Henze and Andriessen. (Sunday 3 November, free to Day/Weekend Pass holders).
There’s some more information in the e-flyer below and for full details of the weekend and to book your tickets, see Click Here. The full concert listings can be found on the main Southbank Centre website.