Commemorative concert joins Britain and America on 9/11 anniversary

By Nick Owen | 05 September 2011
The British Union flag recovered from the wreckage at Ground Zero
A music event bringing together Britain and America in an act of international solidarity will mark the tenth anniversary of September 11.

Dr Kevin Malone, Head of Composition at the University of Manchester, has written two pieces of music to be transmitted live via an audio-video feed between the two countries.

The event is part of the Imperial War Museum’s programme in both Manchester and London to mark the anniversary.

Dr Malone, an American living in Manchester, said: “The artists for this musical event were drawn from different parts of the world to symbolise a sense of international solidarity as we recall the depth of this tragedy.

“I felt there had to be a response which included orchestras, soloists and voices, to portray the range of emotional responses that the world had.”

The 45-minute public event will be held at Imperial War Museum North in Greater Manchester and Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

The Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra will premier the first work, E Pluribus Unum, directed by Scottish conductor Mark Heron and featuring Canadian cello soloist, Christian Elliot.

Members of the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra will premiere the second piece, Angels and Fireflies, with solo flautist Tadeu Coehlo in North Carolina.

E Pluribus Unum focuses on the United 93 crash in Shanksville, Pennsylvania and uses recorded eyewitness statements as instruments during the performance.

Angels and Fireflies was inspired by the appearance of a swarm of fireflies over the Shanksville crash site on the night of the fifth anniversary of the downing of the plane.

A British Union flag recovered from the wreckage at Ground Zero will go on display ahead of the event at IWMN.

A Francesc Torres photo-exhibition has also gone on display at the Imperial War Museum London, examining the wreckage held at New York’s JFK International Airport.  
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