POST-WAR: COMMEMORATION, RECONSTRUCTION, RECONCILIATION
Tonight’s concert is the culmination of Post-War: Commemoration, Reconstruction, Reconciliation, a Mellon-Sawyer Seminar Series which has been running at the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University in 2017–18. It has brought together academics from many different fields, politicians, people who have played a role in peace negotiations and leading figures from cultural policy and the charitable sector. They have been joined by novelists, poets, artists and musicians whose work has marked war in some way.
Featured speakers have included author Aminatta Forna, architect Daniel Libeskind and composer Jonathan Dove.
The Series has been divided into three strands: Textual Commemoration (October–December 2017), Monumental Commemoration (January–March 2018) and Aural Commemoration (April–June 2018). Each strand was launched by an event featuring an internationally-renowned figure from the arts. These launch events were followed by two panel-led workshops each term. There have also been three events aimed directly at post-graduates: a training day in object-based research methods, a postgraduate forum and a one-day conference.
Tonight’s Concert and the Series as a whole have been funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in memory of John E. Sawyer.
Thanks, too, to Villa Maria for its support.
The Launch of the Textual Strand: Award-Winning Novelist Aminatta Forna, OBE in Conversation with Professor Elleke Boehmer. Image credit: John Cairns Photography.
SIMON OVER | conductor
ANNABEL DRUMMOND | violin
ANNA LEESE | soprano
JON STAINSBY | baritone
TESSA PETERSEN | guest concertmaster
CITY CHOIR DUNEDIN (NEW ZEALAND)
THE PARLIAMENT CHOIR
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS | The Lark Ascending
AUGUSTA HOLMÈS | La Nuit et l’Amour
RAVEL | Le Tombeau de Couperin
INTERVAL (20 minutes)
ANTHONY RITCHIE | Gallipoli to the Somme
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