To mark The European Day of Languages, the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR), School of Advanced Study, University of London, has organised a concert of song in languages from across the globe performed by the New London Children’s Choir and the N10 Choir.

The programme of music for ‘Sing-a-Lang’ which takes place on 26 September, includes works by François Couperin, Antonio Vivaldi, Johan Sebastian Bach, Franz Schubert, Gioachino Rossini, Max Reger, Béla Bartók, Grigory Sokolov, and English composer, Mark-Anthony Turnage. Songs will be in Finnish, Zulu, Japanese, French, Hebrew, Hungarian and Latin among others.

The European Day of Languages is a time to celebrate the 6,000 plus languages spoken around the world, promote language learning, and have some multilingual fun. It is in this spirit that IMLR decided to organise the concert to mark an event that has been celebrated on 26 September every year since 2001, and is the highlight of the modern foreign languages calendar in many education institutions.

It is supported by the Open World Research Initiative Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community, and follows an interdisciplinary study day examining the relationships between music and language. Presenters taking part include Klara Kofen, Professor Fiona Sampson, Dr Nina Rolland, Professor Philip Grange and Dr Paul Archbold, a composer and music and language research fellow at IMLR whose works feature acoustic instruments and live electronics.

Tickets are £5, and should be booked in advance.

When: 26 September 2018, 6.45–8.15pm
Who: Institute of Modern Languages Research
Where: The Chancellor’s Hall, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

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