Remembering legacy of lost generation

Richard Roddis
Richard Roddis

A Wirksworth Festival Fringe World War One commemoration event takes place in St Mary’s Church in the town this weekend.

It is to be performed on Saturday, September 6, after the Saturday Trail, and is in two parts.

The first is Keep The Home Fires Burning, where BMW Brass Band, conducted by Sarah Fellows, will play 1914-18 music including favourites such as A Long Way to Tipperary, where the audience can sing along.

This begins at 6pm and finishes at 7.30 pm with a tea break. Tickets at the door are £5.

The Second is called Casualties of War, presented by Richard Roddis with pianist Clive Pollard and readers Rosalind Williams and Gillian von Fragstein.

This programme explores the legacy in Poetry and Song of the Lost Generation of World War One and those deeply affected by it.

These include composers George Butterworth, the emblem of lost talent, W Dennis Browne and Ernest Farrar, who both left a handful of pieces, poets Edward Thomas, Rupert Brooke, Wilfred Owen, John Masfield, Francis Ledwidge and Wilfred Gibson.

Straddling the two art-forms and prolific in both was Ivor Gurney, who survived but later suffered mental breakdown, and Gerald Finzi, a pupil of Farrar, a champion of Gurney.

This begins at 8pm with soft drinks and wine available at the interval.

Tickets are £12/10 available online on www.wirksworthfestival.co.uk or from Traidlinks Wirksworth.

These tickets also include the first part Keep The Home Fires Burning.

Richard Roddis is pictured