Commuters on a busy walkway alongside the Royal Festival Hall will be able to read love messages whilst they are serenaded by Mark-Anthony Turnage's latest work.
Scratching off the first love messages
Children from Ashmole Primary School in Lambeth help to unveil the installation
Poems and messages, some anonymous, tell the true stories of unrequited love and chance encounters. Mark-Anthony Turnage has contributed his own message; his composition was written in secret for his fiancée and inspired by WH Auden's poem Lay your sleeping head my love.
Turnage's new work, Hidden Love Song, jointly commissioned by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the South Bank Centre, was premiered by the Orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Monday,
The installation also marks the first chapter of an ongoing Education initiative between the South Bank Centre and London Philharmonic Orchestra with Ashmole and Claremont Primary Schools.
"We hope to bring some romance to London's commuters with this installation, which cleverly brings together three different art forms and organisations," said Jude Kelly, artistic director of the South Bank Centre.
"Education projects like this one are an integral part of the South Bank Centre's work."
London Philharmonic Orchestra chief executive Timothy Walker AM added: "This collaboration shows how the London Philharmonic Orchestra is pioneering new ways of working with music in education and in the community. Our Composer in Residence, Mark-Anthony Turnage, is a passionate advocate for music and this is a creative way of sharing that passion in a direct but unexpected way."