Remembering WW1 at Buxton Festival

Kate Adie

Kate Adie ©Ken Lennox

2014 marks the centenary of the start of the First World War, and Buxton Festival is helping to commemorate this anniversary with a series of events.

In From Your Ever Loving Son, Jack on Sunday 13 July, tenor Joshua Ellicott and pianist Simon Lepper have created a programme of songs from the period, interspersed with letters from Joshua’s great uncle, Jack Ellicott in a unique and moving musical portrait. Then, on Tuesday 15 July, baritone Roderick Williams & pianist Gary Matthewman perform a reflective programme of songs about the Great War, from composers including Ivor Gurney, Charles Ives and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Finally, on Sunday 20 July, the world-renowned Huddersfield Choral Society bring their full-bodies and flexible tone to a commemorative programme including works by Parry, Quilter and Elgar.

In the Festival’s late-night cabaret at the Pavilion Café on 18 July, Edwardian music specialist Patricia Hammond and her Ragtime Parlour Band present an evening of scrupulously researched songs including jingoistic recruiting marches, a sentimental tribute to a Red Cross nurse in both French and English, a German lament from the trenches of Verdun and a klezmer-tinged pacifist plea from New York.

The Festival’s Literary Series also includes a number of authors looking back at the War’s centenary. Miranda Seymour looks at the long and complicated relationship between Britain and Germany that the 20th century would see change forever; Shirley Williams remembers her mother, the author Vera Brittain, her book Testament of Youth and the Great War; Kate Adie looks at the role of women and the vast changes in their lives on the Home Front and Max Hastings talks about the catastrophic events which led to Europe going to war in 1914.

For further details visit or call the Box Office on 0845 127 2190.

Notes to Editors:

Buxton Festival 2014 will take place between 11 – 27 July.This unique festival produces its own fully-staged professional operas, as well as showing touring operas, classical concerts and literary talks. Set within the historic spa town of Buxton, the Festival is renowned for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere and attracts both dedicated opera lovers and those new to the genre. Visit for more information or telephone 01298 70395.




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