Dudley Museum’s WW1 exhibition will add another string to its bow this month with ‘Tunes from the Trenches’ – an interactive musical performance by string quartet, The Stringcredibles.
Be transported back in time to 1914 through the medium of music with this team of award winning, world class musicians and sing, clap and march along through the magnificent 50 minute show.
The Stringredibles show, ‘Tunes from the Trenches’, which is funded by Arts Council England, will land at Dudley Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday 28 February with the free to view performances starting at 10.30 and 12.30.
Families can explore the war to end all wars, looking at why it started, what it was like and how it sounded. The group looks specifically at the themes of friendship and loyalty, pacifism and patriotism, musical propaganda, trench warfare, reconciliation and remembrance.
The performance also includes an excerpt from Michael Morpurgo’s acclaimed novel, Warhorse.
This perfectly complements the current WW1 exhibition at the museum where a dedicated gallery has been decked out in honour of Dudley ancestors who fought, and died, for kin and country.
The story of the war, and the impact it had on Dudley town and its people, has been painstakingly re-told through a series of displays built by museum staff.
These include an impressive replica of a WW1 trench and first aid dressing station that offer visitors an insight into the realities of a soldier’s life.
The Stringcredibles is made up of Catherine Arlidge – violin, Helen Edgar – cello, Bryony Morrison – violin and Amy Fawcett – viola. All four are dedicated to working in schools and community settings, inspiring creativity, supporting instrumental learning and extending the curriculum.
The event is free but spaces are limited so booking on 01384 815571 is advised.
Councillor Hilary Bills, cabinet member for environment and culture said: “The Stringcredibles are an incredibly talented group of musicians who use music to educate and inspire.
“Their Tunes from the Trenches performance is moving, energetic and a unique way for children and families to learn about the First World War.”
Dudley Museum is open 10am – 4pm Monday to Saturday, closed Bank Holidays. Admission is free.
For more information on the musicians visit www.thestringcredibles.com