British Composers and the First World War

June 14, 2014 – 10:30 am

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British Composers and the First World War

Saturday 14 June 2014, 10.30am – 4pm

Join experts in the field of classical music and performance for a day that explores the lives and music of English composers who lived through the First World War.

Hear examples of work and find out more about compositions that were inspired by or created during the war, including masterpieces by Elgar, Bliss, Butterworth and Vaughan Williams.

The day will include visual images with cinema-sized screen and recorded music examples with the lectures and presentations, along with performances of songs and poetry.

The day will be led by:

Terry Barfoot is a well-known figure in the musical life of southern England and Publications Consultant to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Trevor Magee has guided tours across the battlefields and towns of the Western Front, and specialises in the literature of World War One.

Peter Rhodes is Director of Music at South Downs College. He works extensively as a pianist and has given several acclaimed recitals at The Spring.

Alexander Poulton studied at Birmingham Conservatoire, where he won the Reginald Vincent Lieder Prize, and at the Franz Liszt Academy Budapest.

Peter Woodward is a member of The Bench Theatre, with whom he has performed many leading roles.


10.30am – 11.35am
1914-18: Hopes, Expectations, Experience
The outbreak of war
Life and death on the Western Front
The War and British Composers

Coffee Break

11.55am – 1pm
A War Requiem
Ralph Vaughan Williams: A Pastoral Symphony


2.15pm – 3.25pm
War’s Embers: A Treasury of Poetry and Song
Exploring the repertoire of poetry and song from before, during and after the War


3.25pm – 4.30pm
Aftermath and Remembrance
John Foulds: A World Requiem
Arthur Bliss: Morning Heroes
The outcome of First World War and the nature of remembrance

Tickets for the day cost £25
Tickets include morning coffee, buffet lunch and programme notes

Supported by Arts In Residence and The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre

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British Composers and the First World War
Sat, 14 June, 2014 10:30 am
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Arts in Residence
Tue, 10 December, 2013
The Spring
023 9247 2700
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The Spring Arts & Heritage, 56 East Street, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 1BS, United Kingdom

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