CHILTERN CAMERATA COMMEMORATES FREDERICK KELLY
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 email@example.com.
Tickets may be on the door on the evening of the performance subject to availability.