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11 JULY 2014


6pm, The Warden’s Lodgings
Keble College, Oxford, OX1 3PG



A special event celebrating the launch of EM Records’ disc of World Première recordings of Violin Concertos by Milford and Stanford, recorded in January with Rupert Marshall-Luck as soloist and the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Owain Arwel Hughes; and made in association with BBC Radio 3. Drinks and canapés will be served; and the evening will feature a panel discussion about the music and the recording, illustrated with extracts from the disc.
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17–27 JULY 2014


Valetta, Malta



Rupert Marshall-Luck will be the Violin Professor for the Malta International Masterclasses, which are held in Valetta during the second half of July and which culminate in the Malta International Music Competition. For more details, please visit the dedicated website:

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29–31 AUGUST 2014


The British Library
96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB



PRESENTATION | ‘It seemed that out of battle I escaped’: Frederick Kelly’s ‘Gallipoli’ Sonata

An international conference to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War; held as part of the British Library's Centenary events programme, supported by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities.


Frederick Septimus Kelly was born in 1881 in Australia and first came to the United Kingdom when he began his schooling at Eton College.  Although a notable rower – he won a Gold Medal for Britain in the 1908 London Olympic Games – he was also a highly gifted composer, mostly active in the genres of song, solo piano music and chamber music.  His Violin Sonata in G major was written for Jelly d’Aranyi, a violinist of Hungarian descent who also inspired such composers as Elgar and Vaughan Williams, and was composed in 1915 in Kelly’s tent at Gallipoli, hence the work’s appellation.  Kelly wrote the Sonata not to express the horrors of war but rather to articulate his memories of the country in which he had spent his formative years and which had fostered his intellectual and creative development.  Whilst his recollections may have been influenced by his privileged upbringing and the environments and social circles in which he moved, it is nevertheless a powerful reminder of the means by which some of those on the front lines retained a sense of balance, enabling them to survive the psychological traumas inherent in warfare, if not to elude them completely.  This paper will describe the history surrounding the ‘Gallipoli’ Sonata, from the circumstances that led to its composition and its dedication to the recent rediscovery of the manuscript in Florence and its housing in the National Library of Australia; and will explore some of the compositional techniques used by Kelly to express his idyllic remembrances and which enable listeners to the Sonata to engage with the imagery the composer sought to create.


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