News - Five Telegrams


Edinburgh International Festival kicked off on Friday evening with a performance of Five Telegrams on the Usher Hall. In case you missed it, grab a cuppa and enjoy the full length (25 minute) version of the light show...

The Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event Five Telegrams was a spectacular free outdoor digital performance celebrating Scotland’s Year of Young People and reflecting on the centenary of the end of the Great War. It was also shown last month on the Royal Albert Hall in London to mark the start of the Proms season.

Inspired by themes of communication including telegrams sent by young soldiers in 1918, Five Telegrams weaves a newly commissioned orchestral score, projected digital artworks and live participation together to consider themes of machines and codes, censorship, propaganda and reconciliation – ideas that resonate powerfully in contemporary life.

Created by Anna Meredith and 59 Productions and Co-commissioned by Edinburgh International Festival, BBC Proms and 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, the music was performed by BBC Proms Youth Ensemble, National Youth Choir of Great Britain and BBC Symphony Orchestra, with Sakari Oramo conducting.



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