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Reich’s Different Trains is played in a railway station. Where else?

This is not just another pushy string quartet doing a flashmob event at rush hour. It’s the Leo Quartet of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra performing a complete masterpiece in the magnificently unmodernised Moor Street Station.

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The CBSO’s Leo Quartet performed Steve Reich’s Different Trains at Moor Street Station, Birmingham in November 2012 as part of a pop up performance to take classical music to new audiences and to perform music that may be dismissed by some as inaccessible to those who may not normally be exposed to it. 
The music was perfectly framed in the 1930s-style concourse, and one of the inspirations behind the piece, a rail-trip from city to city, was suitably reflected in the rush-hour commuters heading for home on a busy Friday night.

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  1. It’s such a great idea- we had it as well in the Melbourne Symphony where a quartet from the Orchestra performed Different Trains in a packed out nightclub called ‘Platform one’, underground from Flinders st station in Melbourne on March the 8th 2012. The atmosphere was eerie and you could feel the trains passing overhead as the music was played. It was done as a part of the Melbourne Symphony’s ‘Secret Symphony’ where people were given clues over social media and had to figure out where to turn up and what was going to be played. The concept has become so popular that the latest concert had to be repeated because so many came, many more than the venue could hold. It was a perfromance of Radiohead songs played at ‘the Famous Spiegeltent’. Other concerts have included the Quartet for the end of time in the old Melbourne Gaol practically under the Gallows and modern Australian works in the vaults of the treasury building in Melbourne.
    it’s an exciting concept, we’re very proud of it as well, and one I thought you might like to have on your radar.

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