25th October 2019 • News
Tower Bridge: 125 Years of London’s Defining Landmark
Tower Bridge’s 125th anniversary celebration continues as Guildhall School of Music & Drama returns to the unique setting of the Bridge’s Bascule Chamber for a new site-specific light and sound installation.
Created by Guildhall School artists, 'Tower Bridge: 125 Years of London’s Defining Landmark' tells the story of the men and women who built, maintain and operate one of the world’s most iconic structures. Through cutting-edge projection and audio techniques, the installation will explore the Bridge’s place in history and popular culture, from its mammoth 8-year construction project starting in 1886 right through to the unforgettable display of the Olympic rings and Paralympic agitos in 2012.
Human stories and iconic moments spanning three centuries - such as the employment of the Bridge’s first female worker in 1895 and the bus that famously jumped the bascules in 1952 - are brought to life through a stirring audio-visual narrative created especially for London’s greatest hidden space, Tower Bridge’s Bascule Chamber.
This space is the operational area that houses the huge counterweights used to lift the Bridge’s mighty bascules. When the Bridge is at rest, this vast brick-lined space stands empty: a dramatic, subterranean Victorian void normally out of bounds for everyday visitors.
Discover the Chamber’s unique architecture, which will glow and reverberate with newly commissioned works created by Guildhall School video designers in collaboration with multiple other departments: actors from the School voice the characters, and the original soundtrack has been created by Guildhall Electronic Music composers and recorded by the Guildhall Session Orchestra.
'Tower Bridge: 125 Years of London’s Defining Landmark' is the third collaboration between Guildhall School and Tower Bridge, led by multi award-winning director, designer and audio/visual specialist Dan Shorten.
Tickets and information
Duration: 1 hour
Dates and times:
Friday 29 November - 15:00, 17:00, 19:00 and 21:00
Saturday 30 November - 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00, 19:00 and 21:00
Sunday 1 December - 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00 and 19:00
Location: South Bascule Chamber, Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge Road, London, SE1 2UP
How to book
Please note that tickets are limited due to the capacity of the Bascule Chamber.
The performance space features, moving mechanisms, steep stairs and areas that are considered confined spaces and may not be suitable for those with access requirements. Ticket holders should be aware that the event includes outdoor areas; spaces that are naturally dirty as part of the Bridge operations and damp, cold spaces beneath the river, all exposed to the elements. All ticket holders should wear appropriate footwear and practical warm clothing and children aged 14-18 need to be accompanied by an adult. Children under 14 will be refused entry.
Please ensure you read the full Bascule Chambers Event Waiver before booking.
This event has been created by Guildhall Live Events, a new department within Guildhall School, which has been set up to act as a conduit between the professional artistic, creative and entertainment industries and the world-class educational practices of Guildhall School.
Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Tower Bridge are provided by the City of London Corporation.