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The River Thames past and present will ebb and flow through the grounds of the National Maritime Museum in this specially commissioned son et lumière marking the 250th anniversary of the Baroque composer Handel, whose famous “Water Music” was first performed on a Thames barge.
Once described as “liquid history”, the Thames has shaped the story of the capital and in this immersive fusion of sound and visuals, you will experience London’s famous river as never before, evoked through brass and electro-acoustic music, spoken word and video projections mixed live.
National Maritime Museum
By Train: Greenwich
By DLR: Cutty Sark
By Bus: 129, 177, 180, 188, 199, 286, 386
By Car: Public car parking off Park Row opposite the Old Royal Naval College and at Cutty Sark Gardens, access via Welland Street
By Thames Clippers: Greenwich Pier
Access: Level access to performance space. Disabled parking is available. Specially-adapted toilet available onsite.
Contact us to discuss access requirements.
Gates open at 9.00pm and the event will finish at approximately 10.30pm. Enter via the Stanhope Gate, off Romney Road. A selection of hot and cold drinks plus snacks and ice cream will be available on site.
Following a career in experimental theatre, Lewis Gibson is increasingly creating music for outdoor settings. Last year audiences at GDIF were able to experience his work as part of The Medal Ceremony, whilst in Trafalgar Square he created music for an Olympics themed contemporary circus performance called Aqua. This year Lewis will also compose an outdoor sound world for Against the Tide.
Przemyslaw Morka (VJ Mox) is a London based video director and visual artist renowned for his work with the cutting edge British electronic label Ninja Tune. Having studied architecture and 3D animation, Mox has become increasing interested in experimental audio-visual outdoor shows and last year developed a GDF commissioned outdoor video piece with the street dance group ZooNation in Trafalgar Square.
GDIF is pleased to be working with Trinity College of Music, one of the premier institutions in the United Kingdom for the study of music, in the creation of Water Music. Led by Head of Brass Roger Argente, students will join professional musicians from Trinity College of Music to present live and pre-recorded sections within the final production.
Water Music forms part of Story of London, a month long initiative organised by the Mayor of London celebrating the capital’s past, present and future. Supported by a host of organisations, Story of London features a range of events that will take place across the city featuring London life from its ancient origins to the present day.
As part of the development of Water Music, GDIF is pleased to be working with participatory involvement by children from Halstow and St Alfege with St Peter’s primary schools in Greenwich, as well as young people from the Ahoy Centre, a charity which aims to change people’s lives through sailing.
GDIF is delighted to be working with the National Maritime Museum in presenting performances of Water Music. The National Maritime Museum is the largest maritime museum in the world and 8th most visited attraction in the UK. The National Maritime Museum complex also includes the elegant Queen’s House and Royal Observatory, Greenwich. Entry is free and last year the Museum attracted over 2 million visitors.
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