Music for the London Ear

6.30pm Thursday 29th June 2017
Westminster Arts Library
35 St Martins Street
London WC1

Admission: £6.50/8.50 In advance only
Ticket includes a flute of Hendricks Gin Cocktail


Waterloo Sunset, Underneath the Westway, Doing the Lambeth Walk, Burlington Bertie from Bow, Baker Street.  In how many songs has London been evoked, name checked or even played the main character?  Our first very special guest, Westminster Arts Library's very own Peter Collins will provide a survey and select some of the more obscure, delightful and strange - with a playlist of his own favourites of course.  

Well that’s just the songs, but London is a city of sound. Ian Rawes creator and curator of the incredible London Sound Survey will take us on a sonic tour of the capital past and present with a selection from his extraordinary collection of London field and historical recordings. Birdsong, traffic, street cries, transmissions. How has the sound of the city changed? Is it getting louder.? What are its strangest sounds? All this and more. 


Ian Rawes has been recording London since 2008 when he worked at the National Sound Archive. The London Sound Survey has been featured on Radio 4, BBC Radios London and Essex, World Service, Resonance FM, and BBC1 London news. Sounds from the site have also been used in audiobooks released by BBC Worldwide. 

Peter Collins was born in London. He is own of London's most experienced librarians. He has worked at Westminster Arts reference library since the 1980s.  A life long keen music lover, he is particularly knowledgeable about the library's collection of music related publications and books.