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gold power and allureA major landmark exhibition celebrating the working and use of gold in the United Kingdom over the past 4,500 years is taking place this summer at Goldsmiths’ Hall.

The exhibition will vividly illustrate that, even in the 21st century, gold’s appeal has far from diminished and this most precious metal still has the power to captivate audiences with its universally mesmerising allure.

Gold Power and Allure is the most comprehensive and ambitious exhibition ever-staged powerfully telling the rich and previously untold story of Britain and its relationship with gold and demonstrating the country’s incredible and unique golden heritage. 

The exhibition, which will run from Friday June 1 to Saturday July 28, covers a date span from as early as 2,500 BC to the present day and encompasses a wide range of golden treasures including jewellery, coins, and sporting trophies, many of historic significance, and each one illustrating equally diverse subjects such as royalty, religion, finance, sport, dining and many of life’s important rituals.  

Some of the exhibits are simply esoteric, curious and amusing – but all have one major thing in common – they are all made from pure gold and demonstrate the sophisticated artistry and skill of the goldsmith.  

The treasures, which will be displayed over three floors at Goldsmiths’ Hall, have been loaned from distinguished institutions and private collections and many have rarely been seen in public before.  

The Goldsmiths’ Company has also commissioned young musician Francisco Coll to compose a triumphant “Golden Fanfare” to commemorate the Company’s historic exhibition . 

The exciting new Golden Fanfare will not only celebrate “Gold: Power and Allure”, but also the City of London Festival’s 50th Golden Anniversary and will have its world première as part of a gold-themed concert at Goldsmiths’ Hall during the Festival on June 27.

The City of London Festival was founded in 1962 and since that date, the Goldsmiths’ Company and the Festival have enjoyed a long unbroken relationship - each year a Festival concert is held at Goldsmiths’ Hall. 

 Francisco Coll worked on the Golden Fanfare on and off over a period of two months. 

He said: “I am very happy with the result.  The purity of gold was my focal point.  I have strived to capture its essence in precise, concise musical terms that will be evocatively translated into golden tones by the LSO’s brass quintet.”

 Gold:Power and Alure Video

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Exhibition – “Gold: Power and Allure”

Date: Friday June 1 to Saturday July 28

Closed June 4 -5 Bank Holidays

Venue: Goldsmiths’ Hall, Foster Lane, London EC2V 6BN

Websites: www.thegoldsmiths.co.uk     

Opening Times:  Monday to Saturday 10.00a.m to 5.00p.m

Admission:  FREE

Group Visits:  By prior arrangement with the Promotions Department

Underground:  St. Paul’s, Mansion House, Barbican

Bus Routes:  8, 11, 25, 56, 100, 242, 521

 

Golden Concert at Goldsmiths’ Hall 

LSO Brass Quintet - Golden Thread

Francisco Coll A Golden Fanfare (World première)

JS Bach (arr Dudley Bright) Suite from Goldberg Variations

Ewald Brass Quintet in D flat

Jim Parker The Golden Section

(arr LSO Brass) Golden Oldies medley including Gershwin ‘I got Rhythm’, ‘Love Walked In’, ‘Fascinating Rhythm’; Fats Waller ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’’

 

Date: Wednesday June 27

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Goldsmiths’ Hall, Foster Lane, London EC2V 6BN

Admission: £20 or £10

Booking: www.colf.org – Booking opens on April 11, 2012

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