Extinction Rebellion is an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience to achieve radical change in order to minimise the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse. Musicians, artists, poets, and performers of all sorts have joined the protestors to help people to be together, to be calm, to express our humanity and emotions.
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In December 2018, speakers, poetry readers and musicians joined the Extinction Rebellion protest outside BBC Headquarters in London:
In April 2019, Extinction Rebellion shut down London:
On Wednesday 17 April, early music professionals from around the UK assembled to give a performance on Waterloo Bridge as part of the occupation by Extinction Rebellion. They performed orchestral suites and sinfonias by J S Bach, under the banner of ‘Bach for the Future’. Despite some apprehension about what this musical performance would bring to the action, it was a huge success, drawing a big and appreciative crowd of protestors (and some police!). It created a lot of energy and enthusiasm for providing early music at other non-violent direct actions, and later in the week a chamber group assembled to play at the Marble Arch camp, just after Massive attack had left the main stage! A quartet also played at the closing ceremony of the International Rebellion, making it on to the BBC news website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-48058177
Those who took part really felt that classical music had been proven to have a powerful role to play in peaceful protest, and this network has been set up in part to provide a pool of players who would be interested in playing at similar non-violent direct actions in the future.To be added to the mailing list, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or search for ‘XRBaroque’ on Facebook to join the group.
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XR Baroque, London, April 2019
In May 2019, a group of musicians on baroque instruments, Emilia Benjamin, Rachel Stroud, Tom Taylor, Emily Ashton, with soprano Paula Downes, performed in the Elm Tree Pub in Cambridge, and Elena Moses of Extinction Rebellion gave a talk and facilitated a discussion:
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