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Now the Guns Have Stopped

Elizabeth Charlesworth, Hugh Finnigan & John Porteous
Group type: Soloists
  • Sunday 4 November
    4.00 – 5.30pm
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Words and music inspired by The Great War

The year 2018 marks the centenary of the ending of hostilities of ‘the war to end all wars’. Our programme explores the words and music stimulated by the events in France and further field. Some of the words and music were written from the battle field in unimaginably horrific conditions, others from the safe distance of the British Isles.

Rupert Brooke is a well-known name, but his ‘Song’, taken by John Ireland as the words for ‘Spring Sorrow’ is probably not so famous as his so called war poems. The Irish poet Francis Ledwidge was perhaps less eminent and may well fall into that category of poets immortalised through song by Michael Head, Ivor Gurney and others. Ivor Gurney returned from France having been gassed but continued to write both poetry and music. He is represented in words and music in 'Severn Meadows'.


Elizabeth Charlesworth (soprano), Hugh Finnigan (piano) and John Porteous (reader)


  • Karl Jenkins: Now the Guns Have Stopped (The Armed Man)
  • Popular songs of WWI: Including Where are the lads of the village?; I'll make. a man out of you; Roses of Pickard; Keep the home fires burning
  • Michael Head: A Blackbird Singing
  • Ivor Gurney: Desire in Spring; Severn Meadows; In Flanders Field
  • John Ireland: Spring Sorrow

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