Australian Art Orchestra

LONDON Southbank Centre / Purcell Room
Belvedere Road


An evocative concert inspired by stories of those who returned from the battlefields of Gallipoli, the Somme, Passchendaele, and Verdun.

Sometimes Home Can Grow Stranger than Space focusses on those who tried to pick up their ‘normal’ lives after WW1, and draws from an intensely moving archive of intimate accounts of lives remembered in fine grain detail away from the thrust of battle.

The music includes three world premieres by composers Andrea Keller, Tilman Robinson and Australian Art Orchestra Director Peter Knight, with traditional ensemble textures invigorated by archival recordings, tape, electronics and improvisation, to create an intense listening experience.

Sometimes Home Can Grow Stranger than Space is created in collaboration with Monash University Faculty of Arts, and responds to its 100 Stories archive. The project is supported by the Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund, the Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria and the Ian Potter Foundation, and was conceived from an original concept by Paul Grabowsky AO, founding director of the Australian Art Orchestra.

  • 100 Years of Anzac
  • Australia Council for the Arts
  • Australia House
  • Creative Victoria