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You are invited to see the premiere of...

Earth Echoes: A Song of Stones

The opening ceremony of the 7th International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks

A creative journey into the history of planet earth

This one-off performance will not be available for catch-up, so clear your diary and make sure you are ready to watch it live!

Earth Echoes is a dramatic musical story of geology and the history of our planet. The premiere will open the 7th International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks, when over 700 delegates from around the world convene in Torbay/The English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark.

Earth Echoes tells the fascinating story of our planet through voice, music, performance and multimedia.

Guided by a team of geologists, performers will travel through time and space and into the bowels of the earth. They discover how the continents form and change and track life from earliest earth to complexity of the life we know today.

Earth Echoes is performed by community members from the English Riviera Global Geopark alongside Hugh Nankivell, Mark Laville, the GeoCollective, Doorstep Arts and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO).

Stay tuned at 10am for the opening addresses, including renowned geologist Iain Stewart MBE, BBC presenter and Patron of the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark.

The Earth Echoes programme, along with learning materials for key stages 2, 3 and 4, will be available online.

Click here for:

Earth Echoes Learning Pack (PDF file - 18.5Mgb)

Music referenced in the Learning Pack (click these links, then right-click to save the MP3 file to your computer):

Trap Door Time (MP3 - 2.6Mgb)
What Do We Want To Leave Behind (MP3 - 9.2Mgb)

Earth Echoes Programme
Earth Echoes Press Release

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