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Friday, March 18, 2011

Underground Music at Brunel Museum

How about some underwater music this weekend? On the 19th and 20th March The Brunel Museum at Rotherhithe will be holding two concerts in its underground hall beneath the Thames.


Great Entrance Hall - Thames Tunnel by failing_angel
Great Entrance Hall - Thames Tunnel by failing_angel

On Saturday 19th March music by Handel, Mendelssohn and William Horsley will be performed underground in the remarkable acoustics of the Grand Entrance Hall. Descend by low entrance and temporary staircase into a secret chamber to hear about the World’s First Underwater Concert and listen to the Rotherhithe & Bermondsey Choral Society.

Each performance begins with an adventurous descent and a dramatic story including little known facts about the Thames Tunnel & Brunel. For example did you know that Brunel's wife Mary, initially captured the heart of Felix Mendelssohn, but she chose the engineer over the musician?

Performances at: 14.00 15.00 16.00  Tickets £5.

On Sunday 20th March you're invited to descend by low entrance and temporary staircase, accompanied by the Swiss percussion music of a Hang player (this is a Hang player if like me you didn't know what one was), into a secret chamber, for the story of Brunel’s escape from drowning in the Terrible Flood of 1828. Tickets £5

Timed Entry: 14.00 15.00 16.00

For more details and other Museum events for National Science & Engineering Week,  visit The Brunel Museum. Nearest stations: Rotherhithe, Bermondsey & Canada Water.

You can hear some of the rehearsals and learn more about the Thames Tunnel on BBC Radio 4's PM where Chris Vallance interviews the Museum's Director Robert Hulse.

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