CBSO World War One Project - Learning & Participation


The CBSO World War One Project was a four year programme, which took place in the Perry Barr district of Birmingham from September 2014 to June 2018.

As part of this project, students from five primary schools in the area worked creatively with a CBSO artistic team to develop their own melodic ideas and lyrics in response to a range of different themes, including World War One artefacts and paintings.

The students’ work was then developed by composer, Kerry Andrew, who wrote one movement for each year of the project: ‘The Mud and the Sky’, ‘In this Dangerous Place’, ‘Wires’ and ‘Afterwords’.

2017-18 was the final year of the project, during which the music for the fourth movement was created as part of a large scale composition to mark the centenary of World War One. This exciting project culminated in a world première of the completed piece, The Mud and the Sky: A World War One Requiem, at Symphony Hall on Wednesday 27 June 2018. Conducted by Ula Weber and Suzzie Vango, pupils from the participating schools were joined by the CBSO Children’s Chorus and a CBSO seven-piece ensemble to perform all four of the movements composed since 2014.

Symphony Hall performance of the final piece.
Symphony Hall performance of the final piece.

Listen to the full piece here: