Sunday, 21 April 2019

Musician and hero

AN Olympic champion rower, war hero and talented pianist... there was little Fred Kelly couldn’t do.

Now a CD of music composed by the Sydney-born soldier is to be released more than 100 years after he died.

Kelly, a Henley Royal Regatta veteran who was killed at the Battle of the Somme, aged 35, wrote 36 pieces during his life, even revising some of the music while in the trenches. They included Elegy for Strings, written in memory of his friend, the poet Rupert Brooke, who died of sepsis from an infected mosquito bite off the coast of Greece in 1915.

A fund-raising campaign to release the compositions on CD has been started by Alex Wilson, a musician who hopes to perform and record them all in three days next month.

“The Lost Piano Music of F S Kelly” has already raised more than £4,000.

For more information or to donate, visit www.kickstarter.com/ projects/alexwilsonpianist/ the-lost-piano-music-of-fskelly

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