To mark 100 years since the end of WW1 in 1918, members of the University and the local community are invited to come together in remembrance and to pay tribute to the fallen. We will mark the occasion with a series of events throughout the day involving staff, students and members of the public. All the events are free but the opening lectures and the lunchtime concert do require booking (see links below).
10:00 Venue: Powell Lower Foyer Gallery
Refreshments and the opportunity to view The Remembered Dead, a challenging exhibition that draws on the visualisation of actual experience, on medical documentation of injuries sustained and the subsequent memorialisation of warfare. It will include A Tommy's Life in the Trenches by WWI illustrator Fergus Mackain, A Model War by Graham Goldwater and Karen Shepherdson's Arts Council funded Aftermath I and II. The exhibition will run until 26 November.
10:30-12:00 Venue: Powell Lecture Theatre
Opening talks by Dr Martin Watts 'Armistice, Remembrance and Sacrifice' and Rev Dr David Vannerley 'Just War'.
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12:10-12:40 Venue: Powell Lower Foyer Gallery
Buffet lunch and an opportunity to view the exhibition's films, photographs, artefacts and documents.
12:50-13:05 Venue: St Gregory's Centre for Music
A brief talk by Dr Martin Watts - 'St Gregory's War Memorial'.
13:10-14:00 Venue: St Gregory's Centre for Music
Lunchtime concert with guest performers.
Johnny Herford (baritone) and Libby Burgess (piano). Songs of the Great War. As part of the University’s programme to mark one hundred years since the ending of the First World War, we are delighted to present multi-award-winning pianist Libby Burgess and baritone Johnny Herford, himself winner of the Song Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Competition, and the Jean Meikle Duo Prize at the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition.
In a recital that recalls the suffering in the trenches, reflects upon the futility of war, and celebrates the remarkable reserves people discovered in themselves, to survive the impossible, the programme will include Butterworth’s A Shropshire lad, English and French art songs from the First World War period, but also songs from the music halls. This concert is followed by a public masterclass, 3-5pm in St Gregory’s: Libby and Johnny will work with our student performers; all welcome (free entry).
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14:10-14:50 Venue: Chapel of Christ in Majesty
Refreshments, followed at 14:20 by readings from Dr Andrew Palmer and students.
15:00-16:00 Venue: (dependent on weather) War Memorial or Chapel of Christ in Majesty
Service comprising readings, choir singing, laying of wreaths and sounding of Last Post. Attendees are invited to bring along their own tributes for laying around the memorial.
15:00-17:00 Venue: St Gregory's Centre for Music
Masterclass with our distinguished professional lunchtime concert performers, Johnny Herford and Libby Burgess, on solo song and piano accompaniment; for Music students and open to public audition (free entry).
16:00-17:00 Venue: Powell Lower Foyer Gallery
Refreshments and another opportunity to view the exhibition's films, photographs, artefacts and documents. A space for students to talk about their own views/family experiences around the war.