4:30pm-5:45pm: Center for Advanced Study/MillerComm Lecture, Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Musuem   Free and open to the public

Music’s War Poets –  A public lecture by Dr Kate Kennedy (Research Fellow in English and Music, Girton College, University of Cambridge, UK)

Whilst 1914 is now seen as the year in which the world changed forever, 1915 proved to be the most momentous year for the young generation of English poets and composers caught up in the war. In 1915, poet Siegfried Sassoon served in France while Wilfred Owen and Ivor Gurney enlisted. Rupert Brooke and composers William Denis Browne and F. S. Kelly sailed to Gallipoli never to return.

In her talk, Kate Kennedy explores the rarely-made connections between these groups to define a body of ‘war composers’ paralleling the ‘war poets’ with whose existence we are now so familiar.