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Theme: A Moment in Music

From the 50th anniversary of Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, to an exhibition on the genders of Indian music, our events go behind the scenes of music making.

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Sergeant Pepper: Playing with words

Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is arguably the most important and influential rock album of all time. Marking the 50th anniversary of its first release on 1 June 1967, Colin Campbell of the University of York will assess its literary merits and examine the lyric-writing skills of John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison.


Mozart’s Fragmented Masterpiece

How did Mozart’s ‘unfinished’ Requiem survive to become an eternal and global favourite? Music critic John Warrack explores the secret of the work’s popularity and relates various attempts to complete Mozart’s last, fragmented masterpiece, with musical illustrations both on CD and sung by York Musical Society (YMS).


Traces of Sound and Light

Join us to see St Margaret’s Church through the curious minds of digital artist Annabeth Robinson and audio designer Jez Wells. Explore this medieval building which has transformed over the centuries from a sacred space to an award-winning music venue. You’ll virtually move around in the space and hear in slow motion and shifting detail how it responds to sounds made within it.


Creating The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

Find out about the making of the V&A’s major exhibition The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains with Victoria Broackes and Anna Landreth Strong from the museum’s Department of Theatre and Performance. Marking 50 years since Pink Floyd released their first single, the exhibition explores the extraordinary work of a band whose influence can be felt across music, art, design, photography, technology, film and performance.

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