This is a sponsored post on behalf of the Barbican Centre.
100 years on from the infamous tragedy at sea, the Barbican hosts a haunting and poignant musical experience to mark the anniversary: a performance of Gavin Bryars' 1969 composition 'The Sinking of the Titanic' with film projections by Bill Morrison and Laurie Olinder.
Bryars is known as a British post-minimalist composer, but what matters here is how the music conjures the maiden voyage and subsequent disaster:
Inspired by the haunting reports that the ship’s string ensemble continued to play the hymn tune Autumn as the vessel sank in April 1912, this timeless and moving piece sees Bryars and the ensemble weave refrains from Autumn with layers of Philip Jeck’s sample-based materials, creating, at times, clamouring waves of sound that suggest the great engines and massive bulk of the vessel and the ocean that swallowed it.
So don't sit through that film again. Try a new Titanic experience. To tempt you, Barbican are offering Londonist readers 20% discount on all tickets. To claim your discount, enter promo code 15412 when booking online.
The Sinking of the Titanic is at Barbican Hall on Sunday 15 April at 8pm. Normal ticket price £15-25.