The Edwardian Era: Empire, Society and Culture

Sat 26 Jan 2013 17.30 - 18.15

Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 8XX

Event Price: Free to all ticket-holders for the 19.30 concert

Academics and cultural commentators come together to discuss the Edwardian aesthetic. What was the influence of the Belle Époque? How was culture affected by the rise in interest in socialism and rapid industrialisation? How did England lead the way in the creative arts? Panel to include composer Anthony Payne, critic and broadcaster David Nice, and academic Dr. Heather Wiebe. Celebrating the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Bicentenary and linked to the LPO’s performance of Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, this series of events (see below) draws inspiration from the pioneering spirit and drive of Edwardian Culture in England and how it shaped artistic thought through the Twentieth Century and beyond. These events are a part of the Southbank Centre’s The Rest Is Noise Festival.

Other events in this Series on 26 January

14.30 - English Visionaries A distinguished speaker offers their thoughts on the influence and reach of Edwardian artistic thought. 16.00 - My Music: Your Music Premiere of a new film installation that brings together a range of young musicians voicing their thoughts and visions of music in the future. 19.30 - Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius The LPO perform this profound and heartfelt choral work under the baton of Sir Mark Elder.