Tag Archives: First world war

Songs of War: Passchendaele 1917

This month, the University Library entrance hall display cases feature Basil Godfrey Quin, MC whose regiment, the Cambridgeshires, was involved in the Third Battle of Ypres (also known as Passchendaele) which took place between July and November 1917 and in … Continue reading

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Songs of desolation II

In last week’s blog post we looked at the popular music that was being published in Britain during the first half of the First World War. By 1916, songs published in the UK were moving away from the more militaristic … Continue reading

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Songs of desolation I

July 1st 2016 marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. The first day of the battle remains the most costly single day in British military history  with around 20,000 deaths, and a further 40,000 casualties. The Somme was costly too … Continue reading

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Pack up your troubles: 1915, a year in music

1915, the first full year of WWI, would see one ghastly event after another unfold: the second Battle of Ypres during which poison gas was used for the first time by the Germans, the appalling loss of life at Gallipoli, … Continue reading

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To celebrate, to commemorate: Marion Scott and Ivor Gurney

A few days ago I was leading a “Behind the scenes” tour of the UL Music Department. I’ve done quite a lot of these over the last 5 years or so, and I’ve now got a fund of interesting stories to tell interspersed with … Continue reading

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