dogline2Music and Memorials – What to expect when Glen Art comes to your community

Presentation of material from the workshops:
If you would like us to read out an extract from a relative’s letter, poem or diary you or if you have written any poetry about the war yourself we can decide together in the workshops what to include in the performances.
We would love it if community members took photographs of themselves and relatives of the fallen commemorated on the local war memorial to be published on our web-site and in the evening’s programme.

MUSIC

Ivor Novello
KEEP THE HOME FIRES BURNING
Composed in October 1914
Glen Art Soloists and Community Choir

Jack Judge
IT’S A LONG WAY TO TIPPERARY
Written in 1912
This song expressing a longing for home became one of the iconic songs of the First World War
Glen Art Soloists and Community Choir

Mozart
SOAVE SIA IL VENTO
The famous trio from COSI FAN TUTTE
Fiordiligi and Dorabella sing a longing farewell to their lovers who are departing for war

Ivor Guerney
SLEEP
Gureney’s life and career were severely affected by his experiences during the war – not only was he gassed, he also suffered a serious mental breakdown after the war and spend the last 15 years of his life in a mental asylum – having been declared insane in 1922.

Butterworth
THE LADS IN THEIR HUNDREDS
Butterworth died in 1916 in the Battle of the Somme. He was shot in the head by a sniper and his remains were never found. He had been awarded the Military Cross – something which he had not told his family and which they only found out when they were told of his death. The song was written before the outbreak of WW1 and refers – but its gloomy and death-obsessed nature seems now seems eerily prescient.

Spoken Word

Robert Service
THE HAGGIS OF PRIVATE MCPHEE
Robert Service was born in 1874 – he was born in London but grew up and was educated in Scotland. He later emigrated to Canada but still joined the war effort.

Siegfried Sassoon
WILFUL DECLARATION
This piece had Sassoon transferred to Craiglockhart (Edinburgh) where the authorities pretended that he was shell-shocked, rather than in full possession of his faculties to avoid embarrassment over the dissent of an officer.  At Criaiglockhart he met Wilfred Owen – and his encouragement did much to spur on the younger Owen in his writing. Owen tragically died only a week before the armistice was declared.

Stephen McDonald
EXCERPT FROM NOT ABOUT HEROES

MATERIAL FROM THE WORKSHOPS

POETRY, LETTERS, NEWPAPER ARCHIVES, OFFICIAL COMMUNICATIONS, FAMILY STORIES ….


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