All the months of planning and preparations finally came to fruition last Saturday, 5 October, when Westminster Music Library’s first workshop for Behind the Lines* opened with a great deal of anticipation from participants, Library staff and RPO musicians.
Behind the Lines is a year-long programme of free participatory events for all ages to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. The programme is being delivered in partnership by Westminster Music Library and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Saturday’s workshop – designed exclusively for older residents – coincided with Westminster’s Silver Sunday celebrations when organisations and community groups from around Westminster hosted free activities and events for older residents in the borough.
This workshop centered on Elgar, that most English of composers, who in addition to composing many works during the Great War, also signed up as a Staff Inspector with the Hampstead Special Constabulary, filling in for those policemen who had enlisted to fight. We had a great day of music.
* Read a longer version of this post, watch a video, discover more about Behind the Lines or sign up for a future workshop by visiting www.musicbehindthelines.org