Reading-based composer David Breeze’s setting of Wilfred Owen’s Dunsden poem ‘Deep Under Turfy Grass’ received its premiere in Woking last year. A studio recording has now been released and is available on SoundCloud. The song is performed by Nigel Evans-Thompson (Baritone) and Matthew Rickard (Piano). Recorded at University of Surrey, November 2015 by Robert Gilmour.
This review by Joyce Reed was printed in the Issue 46 of The Bridge, newsletter of the Sonning & Sonning Eye Society. Held at Coppid Hall, Binfield Heath, with the generous support of Lord & Lady Phillimore, and presented by the Dunsden Owen Association, this inventive evening was admirably introduced by Jennifer Leach, to whose
At a Dunsden Owen Association event in November 2015 we were privileged to hear Professor Peter Pearson read Owen’s ‘Deep Under Turfy Grass’ which was written while he was in Dunsden. You can hear a recording of the poem here. Read more about the poem on the website of the Wilfred Owen Association.
November saw a flurry of events, all of which were very successful and engaging to the community. The WW1 and Dunsden exhibition in the Village Hall saw over 400 visitors, including some families of the village men whose names appear on the War Memorial. Children from Caversham Park Primary and Sonning Primary visited the exhibition,
Year 5 pupils at Shiplake C of E Primary proudly show off their letters to children at Ors primary, the village in Nord Pas de Calais, France with which Dunsden is forging a friendship link. The pupils learnt about Ors and Wilfred Owen who was buried in Ors village cemetery in 1918. The Shiplake pupils
New contemporary song setting by local composer David Breeze, for Wilfred Owen’s Dunsden poem Deep Under Turfy Grass. Written at Dunsden between October 1912 and June 1913 after Wilfred Owen assisted at the funerals of Alice Mary Allen and her four year old daughter Hilda Agnes who died in an accident on Dunsden Green. With