Gallipoli Music Memorial 2015

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Gallipoli Music Memorial 2015 (GMM2015) celebrates the little-known stories and artworks of combatants, such as the composer William Denis Browne of the Royal Naval Division (RND), who died in the Third Battle of Krithia, on 4th June 1915. The RND was based in Blandford Forum, Dorset, where nine schools worked with GMM2015 to create learning resources about the artists at Gallipoli and the postwar reconciliation between combatants. See pictures of Blandford Church which displays the ensign of Hood Battalion, RND, and the commemorative banner commissioned by GMM2015 in 2015.

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GMM2015 trustees have always sought proper representation for the musicians whose works were the context of life for the thousands from the Ottoman Empire hurled into the Gallipoli campaign. We are delighted to announce that the Untold Edmonton programme in Enfield, North London, has awarded GMM2015 and our partner the Enfield Music Education Hub £4,000 for Beating the Drum for Enfield's Turkish musical heritage, our project to raise awareness of that heritage in Enfield, where many families of Turkish descent live through performance and new school learning programmes.

8th October 2021 in the Jacqueline du Pre Music Centre, Oxford
Dweller in Shadows:a Life of Ivor Gurney

GMM2015 was delighted to celebrate our Trustee Kate Kennedy's superb biography of Ivor Gurney, poet and musician, through two well-supported events with the Oxford Lieder Festival.  Kate first demonstrated the profound influence of the Gloucestershire landscape on the poetry and music of Gurney, with fine performances illustrating the talk given by soprano Anna Cavaliero and pianist Natalie Burch. Later,tenors Robin Tritschler and and Robert Murray and pianist Simon Over performed Kate’s To His Love, a dramatised and moving recital that explored Gurney’s feelings and extraordinary achievements in war and in the sad years of his life as inmate of a mental asylum 

7th June, 2022 at Lauderdale House, Highgate
Commemorating Gallipoli: Art, Music,Poetry and Stories from the Frontline

The pianist Stephen Hose, actress and singer Alison Guill and historian Peter Hart showcased songs by FS Kelly and William Denis Browne and poems by AP Herbert.Peter Hart, author and brilliant speaker, told stories of the evacuation, the one Allied success of Gallipoli.

23rd April 2020
GMM2015 worked with Lauderdale House, Highgate, to defy the lockdown with a Zoom event commemorating the 105th anniversary of Rupert Brooke’s death in music, poetry and prose. Film of the event here; souvenir programme including all readings, the Q&A session and additional poems here.

GMM2015 is grateful for the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund South West

British attack at Gallipoli, 4 June 1915
© Imperial War Museums (Q 70701)