Learning & Participation


Mon 14 March, 1.10pm, The Octagon, Queen Mary University of London (2016)

The Canvas Café

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Marking the sixth year of the partnership between Spitalfields Music and the Royal Academy of Music, Octagon is a creative composition project inspired by the famous Octagon Room at Queen Mary University of London.

Built in 1887 the Octagon was originally the College library, designed by Victorian architect ER Robson and inspired by the Reading Room at the British Museum.

RAM Open Academy Fellow, composer James Moriarty, gathered creative ideas from Year 5 pupils at Canon Barnett and St Matthias primary schools for a new site-specific-piece which was performed in the Octagon in March 2016.

During the spring term pupils worked with music leader Jessie Maryon Davies to learn the new piece and to create their own compositions inspired by this magnificent building.

Click here to view photos of the final performance in the Octagon Room at Queen Mary University of London.

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The Canvas Café

42 Hanbury Street
E1 5JL

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