Concorde to provide iconic backdrop to massed performance

One of the world's most iconic aeroplanes will provide the backdrop for a performance of Liz Lane's 'Innovation 2016' next month.

  The iconic plane will provide the backdrop for the music on the evening

One of the world's iconic aeroplanes will provide the unique backdrop next month to a very special musical performance of composer Liz Lane's work, 'Innovation 216'.

The world premiere of the composition came in 2016 at St George's Church in Bristol, but on this occasion, and after three years of planning, a new performance will include no less than four brass bands and five choirs.

Delta wings

It will take place right next (as well as under) to the famous delta wings of Concorde — the remarkable aircraft that was designed in the city and which now houses the last of the aircraft that was built at Aerospace Bristol adjacent to the historic Filton Airfield in Patchway Bristol (BS34 5BZ).

Although the sound from the massed musicians won't quite be as loud as the engines would have been on full thrust as it headed across the Atlantic in under 3 hours, it should be one to remember on the evening of 15th February (7.30pm).

Massed ranks

The Lydbrook Band under Ian Holmes will be joined by members of Lydbrook and Lydney Training Bands, as well as City of Bristol Learner Band, the Airbus Filton Workplace Choir and City of Bristol, Bristol Man and Gurt Lush Choirs.

'Innovation 216' was commissioned by Bristol Cultural Development Partnership and celebrates 100 years of aerospace engineering in Bristol and particularly Concorde. It uses a special effects such as the Doppler (tubular bell in water) and of course sonic boom, also a rute to emulate the early wooden planes.

Although the sound from the massed musicians won't quite be as loud as the engines would have been on full thrust as it headed across the Atlantic in under 3 hours, it should be one to remember4BR

Aerospace history

The work traces Bristol's aerospace history through the reminiscences and memories of past and present workers in the industry.

Other flight-themed pieces that will feature on the night include 'Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines', '633 Squadron', 'Dam Busters', 'Enter the Galaxies' and 'Fly me to the Moon'.

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