Friday, 12 August 2022

Music and poetry to mark centenary of Great War

A WEEKEND of music and poetry will be staged by Garsington Opera at the Wormsley estate in July to mark the centenary of the First World War.

The event will open with a panel discussion on the themes of tyranny, oppression and freedom with radio presenter James Naughtie, Oxford professor Margaret MacMillan, writer Miranda Carter and broadcaster Jeremy Paxman.

Cellist Steven Isserlis will then perform a medley of Beethoven sonatas and actor Samuel West will recite war poetry, including works by Siegfried Sassoon. Ann Murray will perform with the Garsington Opera singers.

Visitors will be offered tours of the estate’s Getty library and there will be a cricket match between the England women’s team and a celebrity XI.

The weekend will finish with a concert in the opera pavilion, where Beethoven’s music will be played to renditions of Goethe’s Egmont and Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw. The event will be held over the weekend of July 5 and 6. For tickets, call 01865 361636 or visit

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