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Ships’ Opera perform in front of Tower Bridge on the River Thames

Ships’ Opera perform in front of Tower Bridge on the River Thames

Last night, 14th September a fleet of nine beautiful historic vessels performed the main act of ’1513: A Ships Opera’ in front of Tower Bridge on the River Thames as part of the Thames Festival 2013.

The instruments of the Ships’ opera were wholly made up of traditional steam whistles, bells, horns, hooters, sirens and cannon, which created the most unique sounds.

Lightship 95 from nearby Trinity Buoy Wharf led and conducted the operatic performance and lit up the historic ships on the river as they tooted horns, sirens, bells and whistles.

The unique display and sound of these historic vessels was created and arranged by artists Richard Wilson and Zatorski + Zatorski.

Here are some of our photos from the Ships’ Opera and a video courtesy of Thames Pics who never miss a thing on the River Thames.

For more information about the Ships’ Opera and those taking part, visit the Thames Festival website here: www.thamesfestival.org/events/info/1513-a-ships-opera.

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Tower Bridge bascules lift fully to allow the historic vessels to enter the lower pool on the River Thames for the Ships' Opera

 

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Tower Bridge bascules lift fully to allow the historic vessels to enter the lower pool on the River Thames for the Ships' Opera

 

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Historic vessels toot their horns and puff smoke for the Ships' Opera

 

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Historic vessels toot their horns and puff smoke for the Ships' Opera

 

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The Ships Opera uses only ships instruments during the performance

 

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The contrast of old and new as the historic vessels performed the Ships' Opera on the River Thames

 

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The Trinity Lightship 95 next to Tower Bridge as conductor of the Ship's Opera

 

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The Trinity Lightship 95 in front of Tower Bridge as conductor of the Ship's Opera

 

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The conductor of the Ships' Opera on top of The Lightship 95

 

See and listen to the sound of the historic vessels taking part in this video by Rob Powell from Thames Pics:

 

No one had known what to expect and views from the audience were mixed, but all were stunned by the collective vocal chords of ships – lost voices calling again and the mesmerising sounds travelled well past Wapping up the River Thames and will certainly be remembered for a long time to come.

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