It signalled the infamous Charge of the Light Brigade 160 years ago - and now the sound of the 'Balaklava Bugle' has been added to an art exhibition in Birmingham in time for Remembrance Day.

'Broken Ensemble: War Damaged Musical Instruments (brass section)' features sounds produced from six brass musical instruments damaged in Germany and Crimea during various 19th century conflicts and which have since been conserved in museum collections.

Born in Glasgow in 1965, the Berlin-based Turner Prize-winning artist Susan Phillipsz OBE has created an acoustic environment featuring battered, bullet-holed or broken instruments unheard for a century or more.

She recently made a recording of the 'Balaklava Bugle' to add a sixth sound to her fitting reminder of the lasting memory of war, with more additions planned in the years ahead.

Now part of the collection at Nottinghamshire's Yeomanry Museum, the Balaklava Bugle was used to sound the Charge of the Light Brigade on October 25, 1854 - part of the most famous battle of the Crimean War fought against Russia on the shores of the Black Sea.

Designed to echo the emotions and memories of past wars, the notes played by the instruments are taken from The Last Post, used to call the British soldiers back from the front and traditionally played at memorial services.

The exhibition is being staged in Eastside Projects' 1918 warehouse building because of Digbeth's industrial legacy of munitions' manufacturing for the First World War.


'Broken Ensemble: War Damaged Musical Instruments (brass section)' will be exhibited until Saturday, December 6, at Eastside Projects is at 86 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham B9 4AR.

Open Wednesday to Saturday from 12–5pm. Admission free.

Details: or call 0121 771 1778.