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Other Events of Interest
It Is Easy To Be Dead
A play based on the poetry, letters and brief life of Charles Hamilton Sorley
Wednesday 15th June to Saturday 9th July
And your bright Promise, withered long and sped,
Is touched, stirs, rises, opens and grows sweet
And blossoms and is you, when you are dead.
Commemorating the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, the world premiere of It Is Easy To Be Dead by award-winning playwright Neil McPherson opens at the Finborough Theatre for a four week limited season on Wednesday, 15 June 2016.
Born in Aberdeen, Charles Sorley was studying in Germany when the First World War broke out and was briefly imprisoned as an enemy alien. He was one of the first to join the army in 1914. Killed in action a year later at the age of 20, his poems are among the most ambivalent, profound and moving war poetry ever written.
It Is Easy To Be Dead tells the story of Sorley’s brief life through his work and music and songs from some of the greatest composers of the period including George Butterworth, Dòmhnall Ruadh Chorùna, Ivor Gurney, John Ireland, Rudi Stephan and Ralph Vaughan Williams.
For more information and ticket purchases, see the Finborough Theatre’s website.
A Creative Silence
Treasures by a generation of young composers whose lives were extinguished or forever changed by WW1
Saturday 2nd July at 7:30pm
With the centenary of the catastrophic Battle of the Somme beginning on July 1st, this concert will focus upon the music of young composers whose lives were lost or forever changed.
The burgeoning young talent of George Butterworth, Francis Purcell Warren, Frederick Semptimus Kelly, Ivor Gurney, George Jerrard Wilkinson, Frank Maurice Jephson, William B Manson, Ernest Farrar and others are part of a lost generation of musical potential.
The concert in Dymock Church on Saturday 2nd July at 7:30pm will focus upon treasures and moving pieces from these composers. Peter Wilman (Tenor) sings with Welsh National Opera and extensively as a freelance soloist. He will be accompanied by Bob May and the voices of St Mary’s Singers in a programme that contains some pieces that have rarely been performed but that have a unique and poignant connection with the events of hundred years ago.
For more information see The Moment Centenary Project’s website.
Tickets are £10 for adults, £3 for students (reserved in advance).
For tickets, please call Dymock Shop on 01531 890259 or Dymock Church on 01531 890676.
Eleanor Farjeon: Something I Remember
Talk by Anne Harvey
Monday 4th July, 6pm.
Something I Remember is the title of one of Eleanor Farjeon’s best-loved poems. Anne Harvey’s talk will reveal the skill and surprising diversity of the writer who wrote poetry, plays and novels for adults and children and a moving memoir of her close friendship with Edward Thomas. She won three major awards: the Carnegie Medal, the Hans Andersen Award and the American Regina Medal, but despite her success as a writer, she refused the offer to become a Dame. The Eleanor Farjeon Award is given annually in her memory. The road in Ledbury, named after her, places her with Thomas and Frost in that much recalled Summer of 1914 before “August brought the war”.
Anne Harvey has been an actress, managed a repertory theatre, written and presented a variety of radio programmes. Her book Adlestrop Revisited was launched in Ledbury.
For more information, please see the Ledbury Poetry Festival’s website.