Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY -

ON Satur­day, Novem­ber 12 in All Saints' Parish Church, Mar­low, the Chiltern Camerata will be per­form­ing a spe­cial con­cert com­mem­o­rat­ing the life and mu­sic of the com­poser Fred­er­ick Kelly on the pre­cise cen­te­nary of his death in ac­tion in the First World War.

This re­mark­able Aus­tralian-born poly­math lived at Bisham Grange near Mar­low and not only won a row­ing gold medal in the 1908 Lon­don Olympics, but was a con­cert pi­anist and com­poser, a so­cialite and a fas­ci­nat­ing di­arist.

Kelly saw ser­vice at Gal­lipoli where he was present in the last mo­ments of the life of the poet Ru­pert Brook, to whom he ded­i­cated his at­mo­spheric 'El­egy' – one of the works to be per­formed.

The con­cert will fea­ture songs and in­stru­men­tal and or­ches­tral com­po­si­tions by Kelly and his as­so­ci­ates and con­tem­po­raries. The per­for­mance, di­rected by Sam Laughton and brought to life with nar­ra­tion by the broad­caster and writer An­drew Green, will of­fer in­trigu­ing in­sights into Kelly and his prodi­giously tal­ented life, which ended at the Bat­tle of the Somme on Novem­ber 12 1916. It will re-visit the links be­tween Kelly's life as a mu­si­cian, his sport­ing prow­ess, his lo­cal con­nec­tions and his po­si­tion in con­tem­po­rary so­ci­ety in the years lead­ing to the out­break of war. Other new in­sights are promised.

Tick­ets (un­re­served) cost £10 for adults and un­der 18s free and are avail­able from the Tourist In­for­ma­tion Of­fices in High Wy­combe (Main Li­brary), Mar­low (In­sti­tute Road) and Princes Ris­bor­ough or the fol­low­ing mu­sic shops: The Record Shop, 37 Hill Av­enue, Amer­sham, Per­fect Pitch, 72, The Broad­way, Che­sham, Rose­hill In­stru­ments, 64 Lon­don End, Bea­cons­field or Strings of Penn, Elm Road, Penn.

Al­ter­na­tively con­tact Dick Mor­bey on 01494 883112 or richard.mor­

Tick­ets may be on the door on the evening of the per­for­mance sub­ject to avail­abil­ity.

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