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A season of events to re-launch the People’s Palace

Thursday 13 December 2012

QM is planning a series of diverse and high profile events to celebrate the newly reopened People’s Palace and to ensure it becomes a thriving local venue once more. Following a £6m refurbishment project to restore the 75-year-old venue and upgrade its technical capabilities, these events will showcase the venue with a broad spectrum of artistic events ranging from the classical to the experimental. Look out for more details on how to get involved on QM Student and my.qmul soon. 

Sunday 3 February 2013, 6.30pm-9.00pm: Water City Festival Concert
Water City Festival is social enterprise chaired by Lord Mawson. The Water City Festival Orchestra was formed in October 2010 when an entire orchestra from East London came together for the first time in a single weekend to rehearse and perform a musical programme filmed by the BBC and ITV. The concept enables young people from East London schools to play alongside professional musicians as they perform music which speaks to East London’s rich and varied history. This event is being jointly produced with Queen Mary, and will involve participants and musicians from across the College with visual images produced by Mile End Films. The music will be interspersed with narrators telling the story of East London's past, present and future history, and how Queen Mary has become a part of this. If you can play an instrument you can also audition to be part of the orchestra.

Thursday 7 February 2013, 6.30pm-9.00pm: The People's Palace Organ - a talk and recital
The refurbishment of the People’s Palace has also included the restoration of the original organ which dates from 1936, thanks to a donation from the Westfield Trust. The College’s Director of Music, Alan Wilson, will perform a recital to showcase the instrument, which is likely to attract organ enthusiasts from around the UK. Donald Preece (Emeritus Professor of Mathematics) will also give short talk before the recital to provide an insight of the history of the instrument and its design and operation.

Monday 11 February 2013, 7.30pm-10.00pm: Comedy Show
The Students’ Union aspires to use the People’s Palace as an entertainments venue, providing a safe and secure on-campus facility for showcase events and concerts, which would attract a student audience. As part of this, a comedy night will be jointly produced between the QMUL Events Office and QMSU featuring a well-known comedian who will appeal to a student audience. Staff will also be invited to attend this event.

Saturday 16 February through to Sunday 24 February 2013: Peopling the Palace
‘Peopling the Palace’ is a collaboration between staff and students in Drama, Film, Geography and the Media Arts Technology (MAT) programme. Together they will produce a ten-day festival of art, film, performances and other public events to celebrate the re-opening of the People’s Palace, mixing entertainment, education and socialising in a twenty-first century revival of its original ethos. This project will be led by Artistic Directors, Lois Weaver and Nicholas Ridout (Drama). The Artistic Directors will lead an interdisciplinary curatorial team which will also include Janet Harbord (Film Studies), Pat Healey (MAT) and Alastair Owens (Geography). A schedule of performances and events within this period will be announced in due course.

Thursday 14 March 2013, 6.30pm-9.00pm: College Music Society Spring Concert
This concert, performed by QM students, is a historical survey through music and readings of the formation and development of Queen Mary, University of London. It takes as its starting point the formation of the original colleges of Queen Mary, Westfield College, Barts and The London Colleges. Tributes will be especially paid to Constance Maynard, First Principal of Westfield College and Robert Tong, Registrar of Queen Mary College, both of whom had a significant influence on music and literature. The programme journeys through the amalgamation of these Colleges, and how music has contributed.

Wednesday 20 March 2013, 6.30pm-9.00pm: London Chamber Orchestra Concert
This event will include the 'ribbon cut' moment for the refurbished venue by an appropriate dignitary, followed by a concert performed by the London Chamber Orchestra, who are now resident at QM.

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