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The Flowers of War project brings the lost music of First World War composer Frederick Septimus Kelly to London

Posted  28 October 2016 in Events   News   Projects and Resources  
By Liz Robertson
Frederick Septimus Kelly sat with brothers, c. The Flowers of War Frederick Septimus Kelly sat with brothers, c. The Flowers of War

The Flowers of War is an Australian project, supported by the Australian, French and German Governments, which is dedicated to recovering and performing the lost music of unknown composers who were killed, injured or badly affected by the First World War.

In 2016, The Flowers of War will preview the work of Frederick Septimus Kelly at a concert in London, the result of years of research in archives across the world.

Frederick Septimus Kelly was a noted pianist and composer, as well as an Olympic gold medal winning rower. A prominent figure in London musical society before the First World War, he joined the British Royal Naval Division and served at Gallipoli where he wrote his haunting Elegy to Rupert Brooke, his friend and fellow officer. Later in the campaign he wrote the Gallipoli Sonata for the leading violinist Jelly D’Aranyi. In France, he wrote music in the trenches by the light of a candle stub, and on leave. Sadly, Kelly was killed in the liberation of Beaumont-Hamel on 13 November 1916 before his compositions could be acknowledged.

The Flowers of War project will bring Frederick Septimus Kelly’s music to new audiences across the world, through a series of concerts. New recordings of 36 of his pieces will also be released, as Race Against TimeThrough this, and their wider activities, The Flowers of War hope to demonstrate the cultural cost of the First World War, and recognise the unknown works of those who were killed in the conflict. Visit the project website to find out more.


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