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Music and the Great War

Published: 25 September 2014

Southampton's Head of Keyboard Studies, Professor David Owen Norris, has devised a concert series tracing the intense musical relationship that grew between Britain and Germany in the 19th century, only to be shattered by the conflict of World War I. A Dream of Germany: Music's War-Torn World debuts at St John's Smith Square, London, on 5 October, in a comprehensive series of four concerts in one day.


David Owen Norris (piano), Joseph Spooner (cello) and Mark Wilde (tenor) explore how German musicians gained fame and fortune in London, and how British musicians flocked to the Continent to study with leading German composers. For nearly a hundred years, German music pervaded British musical life; but at the outbreak of World War 1, this symbiotic relationship was thrown into disarray. The four concerts of A Dream of Germany explore teacher-student links, the music of British composers who studied in Leipzig, Dresden, Berlin, Frankfurt and Stuttgart, music generated by conflict, and more. They will be repeated at St John the Evangelist, Oxford, on 8 November:

Sunday 5th October 2014 at 11.30am, 3pm, 5pm & 7.30pm

@ St. John’s, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA

Tickets – 020 7222 1061 or

Tickets for each single concert: £15 (£5 for Students & Young Friends)

Combined ticket for all four concerts: £40 (£15 for Students & Young Friends)

Booking fees per transaction: £2.00 by telephone / £1.50 Online


Saturday 8th November 2014 at 11am, 2pm, 4pm & 6pm

@ St John the Evangelist Church, 109A Iffley Road, Oxford, OX4 1EH

Tickets – 01865 305305 (Oxford Playhouse) or

Ticket for each single concert: £12 (£5 for Students)

Combined ticket for all four concerts: £40 (£20 for Students)

Combined ticket for any two concerts: £20 (£10 for Students)


Music at Southampton is mounting a series of concerts as part of the university's programme of events commemorating the anniversary of World War I, Great War, Unknown War, culminating in the world premiere of Professor Michael Finnissy's major work Remembrance Day at Turner Sims - two performances on the weekend of 15-16 November. See our Events page for details.



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