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Let Freedom Ring: Insights Day

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Three people on stage speaking as part of a panel


Hosted by – George Nelson

Speakers include:

Dr Emily MacGregor
Dr Samantha Ege
Linton Stephens
Members of the Philharmonia

What exactly is ‘the American sound’? How have American jazz, folk and classical music influenced each other, and music around the world, in the 20th and 21st centuries? What role has music played in building American identity, and driving social change? What directions might American music take in the future?

Hear from members of the Philharmonia, and experts including Dr Emily MacGregor and Dr Samantha Ege in an afternoon of talks, performances and discussion, part of the Philharmonia’s series Let Freedom Ring: Celebrating the Sounds of America. The day includes music from the Philharmonia’s MMSF Fellows, musicians at the beginning of their professional careers.

Part of Let Freedom Ring

2.30pm – Introduction
2.45pm – Session 1: What is the American Sound?
4.15pm – Break
4.30pm – Session 2: The influence of the American Sound throughout the 20th and 21st century – with live performance from MMSF Fellows’
5pm – Session 3: America of the future – what might we see?
5.40pm – Closing

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Running time:

4 hours, including breaks for refreshments


Level 3 Sunley Pavilion, Green Side, Royal Festival Hall


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Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717
Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm


Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road

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