The Rest Is Noise

The soundtrack of the 20th Century—a year-long series of concerts and events in association with the Southbank Centre and the BBC.

By: The OpenLearn team (Programme and web teams)

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Copyrighted image Copyright: Southbank Centre A festival from the Southbank Centre The Open University has partnered with the Southbank Centre and the BBC on a new festival of music, running throughout 2013 at London's Southbank Centre venue.

Join us to explore how war, race, sex and politics shaped the most important music of the 20th century.

The Rest Is Noise is a year-long festival that digs deep into 20th-century history to reveal the influences on the composing and making of art in general and classical music in particular.

Read more about the events at the Southbank Centre website.

These concerts are supported by a range of talks and debates which discuss the wider historical, political and cultural contexts in which these works were composed.

You can also use the links below to find information on upcoming weekend events, as well as OpenLearn content on music and the 20th Century.