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We Will Remember Them: Vaughan Williams’ Secret Salute to the Dead of the Great War

A talk by writer, historian and broadcaster Andrew Green.

Tuesday 20th November, 7.30pm in the Transept at St Mary’s Church, Redbourn

Free admission with light refreshments during the interval


Like so many who served on the Western Front, Vaughan Williams barely described his experiences – as an ambulance driver and then as a commissioned officer. We have to examine the music he wrote in the years after 1918 for clues.

Writer and broadcaster Andrew Green has researched the background to Vaughan Williams’s hauntingly beautiful yet barely-known short 1922 opera, The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains. The text comes, of course, from John Bunyan’s legendary Pilgrim’s Progress. Andrew is convinced this opera is a carefully constructed memorial to those who died and an offering of consolation for the bereaved. In this talk, we’ll be taken back to those years after the Great War when the nation struggled to come to terms with an appalling catastrophe.

About Andrew Green

Andrew Green has been writing and broadcasting about music for over three decades. Before then he was an artiste manager in London, where his client list included Mitsuko Uchida, Julian Lloyd Webber and the Alban Berg Quartet. His broadcasting began in 1985 with a radio feature on contralto Clara Butt. Andrew has gone on to present and produce around 300 music programmes for BBC networks, including presenting In Tune and BBC Proms broadcasts on Radio 3, Music Review on the World Service and many documentaries for Radio 4.

As a journalist, Andrew has written for many UK newspapers and most leading musical journals, including Classical Music, Early Music Today and BBC Music – in the last case covering subjects as diverse as JFK and music, Vaughan Williams’ Great War, the history of harmoniums and music heard at the Battle of Waterloo. The life and music of Vaughan Williams has intrigued him since his teenage years.

Andrew is also a research fellow at the University of Hertfordshire, where he teaches and devises projects in the area of oral history – work featured in a recent BBC radio documentary, Instant History.

Click here to download a printable poster for the talk

Harvest Festival 2018

Saturday 6th October

Harvest Supper,  6.00pm – 9.00pm, Redbourn Village Hall

This is a family friendly event for all ages with a ploughman’s supper, drinks and some games. Tickets are £7.50 for adults and £20 for a family. It’s a new venture being run by Will and the Gospellers so do come along – we’d love lots of people to make it a great success. Tickets are on sale now from Will or email him to reserve a place.

Sunday 7th October

All Age Harvest Eucharist, 9.30 am

We invite children to bring gifts (fruit, vegetables, dried goods, flowers etc.) that will be distributed to our elderly neighbours in Redbourn, and adults to bring money to support the Bishop of St Albans Harvest Appeal “Give Peas a Chance”, supporting rural communities in Southern Malawi.

Festal Evensong for Harvest, 6.30 pm

Beautiful music sung by our choir as we give thanks for the Harvest and for all God’s many blessings upon us and his creation.

Monday 8th October

Help with distribution of Harvest gifts, 10.00am

We enjoy a lovely tradition of making up boxes of food and posies of flowers from our Harvest celebrations to distribute to the elderly in our community. Could you spare an hour to help? We need car drivers who can come to the church and collect these gifts. Thank you.

St Mary’s Church Patronal Festival: Sunday 9th September

We warmly invite you to join us for our St Mary’s Patronal Festival on Sunday 9th September.

There will be a service of Sung Eucharist at 11.00 am with guest preacher The Revd Dr Rob Marshall,  writer, broadcaster and vicar of Digswell.

The service will be followed by a bring and share lunch and pay bar, children’s games and music on the lawn from Paul and Kay Vernon.

Do invite friends, neighbours and family – All are most welcome.