Poetry and musical tribute

05 November 2018 | Story Supplied. Photo Andy Thornley, Flickr. Read time 2 min.
The remembrance poppy has been used since 1921 to commemorate those who died in World War l. Remembrance Day is marked annually on 11 November.
The remembrance poppy has been used since 1921 to commemorate those who died in World War l. Remembrance Day is marked annually on 11 November.

The University of Cape Town’s Irma Stern Museum in Rosebank will host WWl Centenary: A Poetry and Musical Tribute on Saturday, 10 November at 11:00.

The tribute will be presented by Brian Walter and Cathal Lagan, both accomplished Eastern Cape poets, along with John Woodland, founder and director of VOX Cape Town, the city’s most innovative choral collective. Woodland also directed the UCT Choir for three years.

Walter will focus on the sinking of the SS Mendi, known as the greatest wartime maritime disaster ever suffered by South Africa. He will draw on a selection of poems from his collection of the same name, published together with works by Lagan and the late Basil Somhlahlo.

Walter will also read well-known and some lesser-known work by poets including Wilfred Owen and Isaac Rosenberg.

Woodland will offer a brief survey of some of the important 20th century composers whose work references WWl, including using recorded music by Aaron Copland and George Butterworth, as well as an extract from the Requiem Mass, sung to the tune of Sir Edward Elgar’s Nimrod.

The event will take place at the UCT Irma Stern Museum, Cecil Road, Rosebank, starting at 11:00.

Only e-bookings are permitted, so visit the museum’s home page at www.irmasternmuseum.org.za for a link to Quicket to book tickets, available at R95 each, including a complimentary glass of wine.


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