"No Rifles in the Queen's Hall!" - how WWI changed music

Wed 26 Feb 2014 19.30

Parry Rooms, Royal College of Music, London SW7 2BS

Event Price: £35 (£15 students)

A social evening with discussion, music and supper.

Did you know that during 1914-18 rifles were forbidden in the Queen's Hall? Or that Philharmonic orchestral players continued to be listed in the programme even when they were away fighting? Dr Kate Kennedy of Girton College, Cambridge will talk about the cultural response to World War I including fascinating material from the Society's own history. Kate Kennedy specialises in the poetry, music and writing of the First World War and is currently working on a biography of the poet / composer Ivor Gurney. More about the RPS in WWI There will be music by Gurney, Butterfield and William Denis Browne from the rising young baritone Ashley Riches and pianist Gary Matthewman. Ashley is a former Chilcott Scholar and RPS Young Musician and is currently a Jette Parker Young Artist of the Royal Opera House. Most recently he sang the role of Morales in Carmen opposite Roberto Alagna's Don Jose. "This young man has a lovely velvety tone and sings with great intelligence" (Opera Britannia) After the talk and music a hot buffet supper will be served and there will be the chance to socialise. This event follows the Royal Philharmonic Society Annual General Meeting. All welcome - booking in advance essential.

How to Book

Booking is now closed for this event, but returns may be available. Please call the RPS office on 020 7491 8110.