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BME to celebrate 20 years of War Child

Paul Williams
BME to celebrate 20 years of War Child

The British Music Experience is to host an exhbition celebrating 20 years of War Child as Muse prepare to headline a concert supporting the organisation.

The exhbitition at the North Greenwich museum in the O2 Bubble will chronicle War Child's history and unique relationship with both the Brit Awards and British popular music. It will open on February 19, the day before the O2 arena hosts the Brit Awards at which War Child will be honoured with a Special Recognition Award.

Supported by O2, the six-week exhibition will include dozens of unseen pictures by photographers such as Mary McCartney and original album artwork and video footage for the Brit award-winning Help album that came out in 1995 in aid of War Child.

Over the past two decades War Child has helped more than 800,000 chidlren in war-torn countries, including Bosnia, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. This includes providing them with security, care, education and skills to support a better future for them.

British Music Experience curator Paul Lilley said: "The exhibition is a fascinating archive of photography by the likes of Mary McCartney, original album artwork by John Squire and unseen recording session footage. It tells an important story of unity between the UK music industry, musicians, artists and fans who have all come together to support children around the world.”

War Child music and fundraising director Ben Knowles said the organisation's 20th anniversary was a special time to look back at what has been achieved with the support of British music.

"War Child has proved that music can help make the world a better place," he added. "We're thrilled and excited to be working with British Music Experience and O2. This exhibition is the first chance to see behind the scenes of some historic moments in music, but also to see how innocent children born into the horrors of war can find real hope through those moments. I hope that people who visit will both be awed and inspired by these important images, items and films. They tell one of the proudest and most remarkable stories in British music history."

British Music Experience chairman Harvey Goldsmith said: “As the producer of numerous concerts and events designed to both raise money and create awareness for charities around the world, I have seen first-hand the difference music, artists and the industry can make when we get behind a worthy cause.  Being the chairman of the British Music Experience, Britain’s only museum dedicated to popular music, I am proud and delighted that we are teaming up with War Child to celebrate its 20th anniversary.”

The exhibition will launch the day after Muse headline a February 18 concert at London's Shepherds Bush Empire supporting War Child.

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Tags: muse, War Child, Brit Awards, British Music Experience, paul lilley, Harvey Goldsmith, ben Knowles

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