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08 October 2019Poetry and Art of the First World War. The music of Wilfred Owens and his contemporaries.
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Poetry and Art of the First World War. The music of Wilfred Owens and his contemporaries. Denis Moriarty Tuesday 08 October 2019

Denis Moriarty spent most of his early working life as a BBC TV Music and Arts producer. After his National Service as an infantry officer he read history at St John's College Oxford. He lectures widely for The Arts Society, the National Trust, summer music and literary festivals. He has led architectural and historic tours in England, in Europe and India. He also sang for many years with the Philharmonia Chorus.

The Great War changed the world and society for ever. Yet out of the carnage, in addition to herosim and courage  emerged fine poetry, art and music; often as much indignant as patricotic. This presentation has the poems of Wilfred Owen at its core, set in the context of this fellow soldier poets; Sassoon, Brooke, A A Milne and the Rev George Studdart Kennedy (Woodbine Willie). It is illustrated by the war artists, among them Paul and John Nash, Nevinson, Orpen and Sargent. Archive photography and musical extracts from Elgar, Butterworth, and Britten as well as the songs of the soldiers in the trenches will complete the many faceted image.