14 November 2021

11.02am, 12.10pm, 1.10pm

IWM London

Free event with general admission

At IWM London, visitors to the museum’s iconic Atrium will have the opportunity to join in observing a two minute silence to pay tribute to those who have died while serving their country. At 11.02 am the silence will be broken.

A violin recital will take place, played by a young musician supported by Lambeth Music Service, on a violin made from sycamore and pine trees that grew in the former battlefields on the Western Front.

Working in partnership with The Midi Music Company, the silence will be broken with an original spoken word piece with musical accompaniment from young music lovers aged 11 - 15. Inspired by IWM's collection, and with creative support from MC Angel and producer Ahmad Dayes, the group will premiere their newly created piece of music exploring what remembrance means to them today.

By working with young people on performances like Breaking the Silence, IWM can share different perspectives, helping both participants and visitors to explore their own views on Remembrance. The views expressed throughout the performance are those of the young people themselves. IWM is committed to hearing and sharing perspectives from a diverse range of voices. 

Please assemble at IWM London before 11am to experience the full commemoration service and Breaking the Silence performances.

Our Partners

  • Photo of Breaking the Silence 2021 workshop leader MC Angel
    MC Angel

    MC Angel is a talented wordsmith, performing as a spoken word artist and hip hop emcee as well as writing page poetry. She has been filmed by Red Bull TV, BBC3 and Channel 4 for the Women in Hip Hop project. She’s also appeared on BBC 1xtra Live Lounge as part of their spoken word season and has performed at festivals all over the UK. The founder of Lyrically Challenged, MC Angel is an established member of the hip hop community. MC Angel’s memoir Moments of Significance is published with OWN IT! available in all good book stores nationally.

  • Photo of Breaking the Silence 2021 workshop leader Ahmad Dayes
    Ahmad Dayes

    Ahmad Dayes has worked in recording studios as an engineer, producer and musician for twenty years. He trained at Sensible Studios in Kings Cross under Jon Moon, working on many sessions of note. A founding member of the band United Vibrations, he has toured extensively and recorded many artists on the London scene across an extensive range of genres. He has been teaching music production at The Midi Music Company for the past ten years where his enthusiasm for helping people improve their craft in production and recording skills has deservedly earned him a solid reputation. 

  • Lambeth Music Service logo
    Lambeth Music Service

    Lambeth Music Service is the lead organisation for Lambeth Sounds Music Hub collaborating with schools, local services, partner organisations and festivals to deliver high quality and engaging musical experiences for Lambeth residents. LMS employs over 100 specialist music educators who work with over 6500 young people in schools and music centre's every year. LMS also provides a wide range of CPD and training opportunities for music teachers and local practitioners. Partner organisations provide many additional opportunities for young people to take part in creative workshops, projects, performances and holiday courses.