Special WWI centenary events in Sir John Soane’s ‘dream house’ this November
15 October 2014
The songs of World War One, and the letters which made their way to and from the battlefields of Flanders 100 years ago, will be at the heart of two special performances at Pitzhanger Manor House & Gallery this November. Both events accompany the Gallery’s major new exhibition, Crossing the Field: WWI, Football & the Christmas Truce (8 Nov-10 Jan), in which international artists explore one of the most enduringly fascinating, inspirational and unusual events of the War.
International mezzo-soprano soloist Patricia Hammond is an authority on early 20th century music and the popular songs of 100 years ago. Her beautiful live performances of Victorian, Edwardian, 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s-era songs are accompanied by multi-instrumentalist, arranger and researcher Matt Redman. Together, they will bring some of the spirit of the First World War to Pitzhanger’s Georgian Eating Room, with a set drawn from Britain, Germany and France. As well as including popular songs from the WWI era, among the highlights will be such rarities as Cecil Forsyth’s ‘Red is the English Rose’ from 1915 and a moving lament from the German lines, written in 1916 by a young man in Verdun who died three months later.
Throughout the concert, Matt Redman will alternate between Pitzhanger’s Bluthner grand piano, banjo and guitar to alight upon the musical trends of the time, including tango, chorino and ragtime. The pair’s authentic style will result in an irresistible performance of the songs which helped to keep spirits alive and minds away from the battlefields.
Date/time: Friday 21 November 2014. Doors and bar open at 7pm for 7.30pm start.
Tickets: £10. Booking: 020 8567 1227 or in person.
The first collaboration between Pitzhanger Manor House & Gallery and The Questors Theatre, Foreign Field is a performance of poetry, prose and letters to and from the battlefields of the First World War. The often poignant production, which will take place in the Gallery with the exhibition as a backdrop, will present the words of the War, drawing upon a wealth of assorted writings, reports and original correspondence, much never previously delivered to an audience.
Founded in Ealing in 1929, The Questors is one of the largest amateur theatres in Europe, with around 600 members from across London who perform on stage and work backstage. Past members and students include actors Oliver Ford Davies and Anne-Marie Duff, theatre director Declan Donnellan, TV presenter Konnie Huq and writer and Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen.
More information at: www.questors.org.uk
Date/time: Thursday 27 November 2014. 7.30pm.
Tickets: £5. Booking: 020 8567 1227 or in person.