Women of World War One

Women of World War One is a portrait of women’s lives, in music, words and images, created by Jacquelyn Bevan/Musicians South West in collaboration with Megan Jones of Hecuba Productions.

Women of all ages and backgrounds tell their experiences of living through the dramatic events of World War One. Their varied stories, drawn from letters, diaries, poems and autobiographies, are brought to life with music for piano and strings written by female composers of the era, among them Lili and Nadia Boulanger, Rebecca Clarke, Ethel Smyth, Alma Mahler, Mel Bonis and Muriel Herbert.

A specially commissioned film by award-winning independent film-makers Liberty Smith and Polly Nash accompanies the performance.

Women of World War One , in a version especially written for Winsley, is scripted by Megan Jones of Hecuba Productions, who narrates alongside Peter Hardman and Sybil Mitchell (niece of Sybil Thorndike), with music performed by Trio Paradis: Jacquelyn Bevan (piano), Jamie Hughes (violin) and Cressida Nash (cello).

Women of World War One takes place at St Nicholas’ Church, Winsley, near Bradford-on-Avon, on Saturday, 4th October at 7.30pm. Tickets from Bradford Tourist Information Centre tel. 01225 865797 or email tic@bradfordonavon.co.uk.

Further Wiltshire performances are planned, including Castle Combe on 24th October, St Mary’s School in Calne on 4th November, and St Margaret’s Hall, Bradford-on-Avon in May 2015. Visit http://www.musicianssouthwest.com/#!women-of-ww1/cude for more information. Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/musicianssw and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/womenofww1/#

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