Updated 1 October 2016

The Life and Music of Frederick Septimus Kelly

It’s October, Autumn has definitely arrived but happily there is at least one bright spot to look forward to in the weeks ahead: the Chiltern Camerata’s special concert in Marlow Parish Church on Saturday, 12 November at 7.30.    If you have not already reserved the date we strongly recommend that you do so!

The concert will be a commemoration of the life and music of Frederick Septimus Kelly on the 100th anniversary – to the day – of his death in the Battle of the Somme.

Kelly was an accomplished and celebrated composer.  Australian by birth, he was a man of prodigious talent who had specific connections with the town of Marlow where our concert takes place.

Kelly was an oarsman who won a gold medal for his country in the 1908 London Olympics.  He lived at Bisham and was closely allied with the local rowing scene.  He moved in influential circles, was acquainted with Prime Minister Asquith.  As our concert will reveal, he was also a fascinating diarist.

Kelly served at Gallipoli and was present at the moment of death of his close friend the poet Rupert Brooke.  One of the works we will be performing is Kelly’s ‘Elegy In memoriam Rupert Brooke’ which evokes images of the Greek Island of Skyros where Brooke is buried.

Our concert will be an amalgam of words and music.   In addition to the beautiful ‘Elegy’ the programme also includes other Kelly discoveries, including his orchestral Serenade along with piano and vocal works.

We will also be performing music of Kelly’s contemporaries and friends, including works by Percy Grainger and Ravel ‘s Introduction and Allegro for flute, harp, clarinet and strings.

The performance of this wonderful music will be directed by Sam Laughton and interspersed with readings and insights into Kelly’s life, narrated by Frieth-resident broadcaster and writer, Andrew Green.  The strings of the Chiltern Camerata will be joined by Geraldine Rowe and Jeremy Rowe (soprano and piano), Theresa Cory (flute) Jane Plessner (clarinet) and Charlie Grimsey (harp).

Tickets £10 (U-18s free) are available from Dick Morbey on 01494 883112 or info@chiltern-camerata.org.uk

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About the Chiltern Camerata

The Chiltern Camerata is a non-profit amateur string orchestra for adults.  We stage three concerts per year and provide an opportunity for soloists and singers to perform with an orchestra. New members are invited to join us.  Although very many of our players are music professionals, no orchestra member receives any fee – indeed we all pay a subscription for the pleasure of playing!

Diary Date!
12 November 2016 at Marlow Parish Church: a special commemorative concert of words and music including the life and work of Frederick Kelly and others associated with WW1.

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