folk & world

Requiem for the 21st Century: Weekend Installation

Part of New Music Biennial

Requiem for the 21st Century is an immersive sound installation by Iraqi oud player, multi-instrumentalist and composer Khyam Allami.

The piece takes its inspiration from the rich accumulation of myth and history that surrounds the oud, to create an immersive microtonal experience that melds the physical, mythical and acoustic elements of the instrument and the Arabic maqam tonal system.

Requiem for the 21st Century is conceived as a powerful, ever-changing requiem for the troubled 21st century, offering each visitor a moment to contemplate our millennium so far, while commemorating those we have lost.

Commissioned by Opera North Projects.

Dates & times

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Royal Festival Hall
Exhibition Space, Level 1



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Installation opening times
Friday 5 July: 5pm – 10pm
Saturday 6 July: 10am – 10pm
Sunday 7 July: 10am – 6pm

Related events
Hear a performance of the work plus a Q&A with composer Khyam Allami at 5.30pm on Saturday 6 July in Exhibition Space, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall.
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