Nov
10
7:30 PM19:30

Britten's War Requiem - Liverpool Cathedral

Saturday 10th November

Britten’s War Requiem

Liverpool Cathedral

7:30 pm

Andrew Manze conductor

Susanne Bernhard soprano

Ed Lyon tenor

Benjamin Appl baritone

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir
Choristers of Liverpool Cathedral and the Knabenchor Hannover

My subject is War, and the pity of War’. Benjamin Britten composed his War Requiem using the poems of Wilfred Owen, who grew up in Birkenhead, fused with the traditional Latin texts. It has become one of the landmarks of modern music, a timeless and profoundly moving exploration of man’s inhumanity to man. Britten intended it as a gesture of reconciliation and, in that spirit, Andrew Manze has invited orchestral musicians and choristers from both Britain and Germany to join together for this evening’s special concert. Together with a world-class team of soloists, they’ll come together in the awe-inspiring space of Liverpool Cathedral to commemorate the moment, 100 years ago tomorrow, when the guns fell silent. Please note, there is no interval in this concert.

Tickets: £25, £38, £60

Available at: https://bit.ly/2MMR7uR

7.5% per order administrative fee applies for online & telephone orders, this includes all costs and postage is free

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Nov
10
5:00 PM17:00

The Burying Party Screening

Best Picture at the New York Film Awards
Best Narrative Feature at the Los Angeles Movie Awards
Best Narrative Feature at the Los Angeles Film Awards

Birkenhead Central Library, Borough Road, Birkenhead CH41 2XB

Tickets £7.50 - available at eventbrite.co.uk

Sine Wave Media, in association with Egerton Crescent Productions, have completed the definitive Wilfred Owen film, a story about the greatest war poet of his generation.

Not many people know his story, but it is an enthralling tale of forbidden love, sacrifice, friendship, Bohemia and dedication to the craft. 

https://www.theburyingparty.com 

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Nov
10
2:00 PM14:00

Birkenhead Library Open Day

Birkenhead Central Library, Borough Rd, Birkenhead, CH41 2XB

2-5pm

Tickets £2.50 for the Mike Devitt lecture (Friends of Birkenhead Library £2.00). To book, please call 0151 606 2665. 

Birkenhead Central Library will be hosting an open day as part of the Wilfred Owen Commemoration. This will involve a number of events throughout the day. 

These include: 

2:15pm - 4pm - Tea and Refreshments 

2:25pm - 2:45pm - Performances from Choir Sing Me 

3:15pm - Mike Devitt Lecture 'How Wilfred Owen revolutionised the role of "War Poet"' 

 

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Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

Wilfred Owen - In Memoriam

Christ Church, Birkenhead, Bessborough Rd, Birkenhead, Prenton CH43 5RW

7pm

As part of the Wilfred Owen Commemoration 2018, Christ Church will be hosting Wilfred Owen - In Memoriam, an evening of music and poetry remembering the life and work of Wilfred Owen and his comrades from Birkenhead. The music director is Martin Neary who has an outstanding record as a musician and choirmaster.

This evening will feature:


The Wilfred Owen Choir
Members of The Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Company
Three settings of Wilfred Owen poems, set to music by Graham Jordan Ellis
and performed by tenor soloist Birkenhead School Chapel Choir and instrumentalists

Christ Church Organist Paul Broadhurst
Readings by Rt Hon Frank Field MP, Dame Patricia Routledge, and Mark Evans

Tickets £5 – available at eventbrite.co.uk

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Nov
8
7:30 PM19:30

An Evening with the War Poets' Violins

St Saviour Church, Oxton

7:30pm

Steve Burnett used a branch from a sycamore tree to carve three outstanding violins at Craiglockhart military war hospital, where Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon were treated. He also recently completed a violin in honour of Robert Graves, who met Owen and Sassoon in Edinburgh.

As part of the Wilfred Owen Commemoration 2018, St Saviour will be hosting the War Poet Violins in concert alongside Catherine Walker and Neil McLennan. This evening will feature performances as well as a discussion of the life of Wilfred Owen at Craiglockhart. 

Music featured in the performance:

It’s a long way to Tipperary

Arrangement of Elgar

Pack up your troubles

My love is like a red, red rose

The Battle of the Somme

Danny Boy

Tickets £8 – available at eventbrite.co.uk

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Nov
7
7:30 PM19:30

WW1 Poets and Music: Anthem for Doomed Youth

St George’s Hall Concert Room

7:30pm

Narrator: Roger McGough

Piano: Ian Buckle

‘What passing bells for these who die as cattle?’ On 4 November 1918, barely a week before the Armistice, the Birkenhead poet Wilfred Owen was killed on the Western Front. 100 years on, internationally famous Liverpool poet Roger McGough (presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Poetry Please) remembers a lost generation. With poetry by Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves and of course Owen himself, plus music by Ravel and his wartime contemporaries, this should be a uniquely intimate commemoration of a tragedy whose scars – even a century later – have yet to fully heal. Roger was one of the new wave of Merseyside poets which so influence English poetry since 1967.

Tickets £25 7.5% per order administrative fee applies for online & telephone orders, this includes all costs and postage is free
Available at: https://bit.ly/2Q9UMBh

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Nov
7
7:30 PM19:30

The Burying Party Screening + Director and Cast Q&A

WINNER of 15 awards, including:

Best Picture at the New York Film Awards
Best Narrative Feature at the Los Angeles Movie Awards
Best Narrative Feature at the Los Angeles Film Awards

Christ Church, Bessborough Road, Oxton

Tickets £7.50 - available at eventbrite.co.uk

Sine Wave Media, in association with Egerton Crescent Productions, have completed the definitive Wilfred Owen film, a story about the greatest war poet of his generation.

Not many people know his story, but it is an enthralling tale of forbidden love, sacrifice, friendship, Bohemia and dedication to the craft. 

https://www.theburyingparty.com 

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Nov
6
7:30 PM19:30

The Burying Party Screening + Crew Q&A

WINNER of 15 awards, including:

Best Picture at the New York Film Awards
Best Narrative Feature at the Los Angeles Movie Awards
Best Narrative Feature at the Los Angeles Film Awards

Heswall Hall, 111 Telegraph Rd, Heswall, Wirral CH60 0AF

Tickets £7.50

Sine Wave Media, in association with Egerton Crescent Productions, have completed the definitive Wilfred Owen film, a story about the greatest war poet of his generation.

Not many people know his story, but it is an enthralling tale of forbidden love, sacrifice, friendship, Bohemia and dedication to the craft. 

You can purchase tickets for this screening from: https://bit.ly/2K64RdY  

https://www.theburyingparty.com 

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Nov
6
2:00 PM14:00

A Seminar with Gladys Mary Coles

Birkenhead Central Library, Borough Road, Birkenhead, CH41 2XB

2pm

SOLD OUT

Gladys Mary Coles, an expert on Wilfred Owen and his poetry, will be hosting a seminar to discuss Owen, his life, and his status as our greatest War Poet. This will be stimulating discussion for those with any level of understanding of Wilfred Owen's poetry. 

 

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Nov
4
6:30 PM18:30

A Concert of Remembrance

A Concert of Remembrance with the Wirral Symphonic Wind Band conducted by Philip Robinson and local groups

6.30pm start

Tickets £8 (including refreshments)

Tickets available from Christ Church Community Centre

Telephone: 0151 608 4429

Email: parishoffice@christchurchhigherbebington.org.uk

Office Hours: 9.00am-12.30pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

All proceeds in aid of the Royal British Legion

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Nov
3
7:30 PM19:30

Bullets and Daffodils: A Wilfred Owen Musical

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Performance at 7:30pm

West Kirby Arts Centre, 29 Brookfield Gardens, West Kirby, Wirral, CH48 4EL

Tickets £18.50. Available from West Kirby Arts Centre on 07950 041498 or at https://westkirbyartscentre.org.uk/events/bullets-and-daffodils

November 2018 sees the centenary of the end of World War 1, but more poignantly, it marks 100 years since the death of locally-educated war poet Wilfred Owen. Wilfred attended the Birkenhead Institute Grammar School, as did Dean Johnson, the writer of this stage musical dedicated to Wilfred.

Bullets and Daffodils is the world’s first musical production to be based on war poetry of Wilfred Owen. These farewell performances star Nicholas Ball, well known for his portrayal of James Hazell in the iconic 70's detective series Hazell, and currently gracing our screens in the medical drama Holby City.

The show recasts Wilfred Owen's poems as contemporary songs, and is billed as A Voice Reborn. The script contains contributions from Dr Who writer David Quantick and music from Pink Floyd's David Gilmour.

The show was the subject of a BBC documentary, following its development from Birkenhead to London's West End. All 3 singles released from the show have received airplay on BBC Radio 2.

The poetry of Wilfred Owen, for so long the reserve of school classrooms, is reborn as contemporary entertainment in this unique musical theatre production. As the centenary of World War One continues, Owen is fast becoming the poster boy of war poetry.

Owen remains a controversial figure. He comes second only to Shakespeare as our most famous national poet. His story remains untold and is one of the most captivating in recent history.

 

 

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Nov
3
1:00 PM13:00

Creative Writing Workshop with Gladys Mary Coles

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Williamson Art Gallery and Museum

1-3pm

Tickets £15 - available at eventbrite.co.uk

A stimulating day for writers at all levels of experience, including first timers, led by an award-winning published poet and novelist Gladys Mary Coles who currently teaches at University of Liverpool.

Using World War One letters, photos and artefacts as inspiration to spark the creativity and imagination, offering individual advice and guidance to improve writing in poetry, short fiction and memoir. 

 

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In Conversation with Michael Morpurgo and Frank Field MP
Nov
3
11:00 AM11:00

In Conversation with Michael Morpurgo and Frank Field MP

The Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, Slatey Rd, Birkenhead, CH43 4UE

11am

SOLD OUT

As part of the Wilfred Owen Commemoration 2018, the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum will be hosting An afternoon in conversation with Michael Morpurgo and Frank Field MP. Michael and Frank will discuss War Horse, all things Wilfred Owen. 

 

Biography

Morpurgo has a gift for magical storytelling, and his books also often tackle social issues. Out of the Ashes (2001), for example, is about the foot and mouth crisis. His most popular books include War Horse (1982), which was runner-up for the Whitbread Children's Book Award in 1982 and became an enormous success onstage and on screen; Why the Whales Came (1985), which was made into a film starring Helen Mirren; King of the Cloud Forests (1988), which won the Cercle D'Or Prix Sorciere (France); and My Friend Walter (1988), which was adapted for television. The Wreck of the Zanzibar (1995) won the 1995 Whitbread Children's Book Award. The Butterfly Lion (1996) draws on the author's own unhappy experiences at boarding school, and is the story of a young boy who rescues an orphaned lion club from the African bush. It won the 1996 Nestlé Smarties Book Prize (Gold Award). Kensuke's Kingdom (1999) tells the tale of a boy who survives on an island after falling from his parents' yacht and learns how to survive with the help of the mysterious Kensuke. This book won the Children's Book Award in 2000. Private Peaceful (2003) is set during the first world war and telling the story of two brothers, Charlie and Tommo. It won the 2005 Red House Children's Book Award and the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the 2004 Whitbread Children's Book Award.

In 2003 Michael Morpurgo became the third Children's Laureate, a scheme he had originally helped to set up with poet Ted Hughes. The Laureateship rewards a lifetime contribution to children's literature and highlights the importance of the role of children's books. Morpurgo firmly believes that 'literature comes before literacy' and wants all children '...to discover and rediscover the secret pleasure that is reading, and to begin to find their voice in their own writing...'

He was awarded an OBE in 2006 for services to literature. His recent publications include A Medal for Leroy (2012), Half a Man (2014) and An Eagle in the Snow (2016).

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Nov
1
7:00 PM19:00

A Dream of Wilfred Owen by David Charters

The Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, Slatey Rd, Birkenhead, CH43 4UE

7:30pm (doors open at 7pm) 

Tickets £5 - available at eventbrite.co.uk

In a play, written by "The Bard of Birkenhead" David Charters, we experience the ghost of Wilfred Owen alongside characters in the present day. The performance will feature David, local poet Ieuan Cilgwri and The Zebra Band, accompanies by singer Jenny Airey. David notes that the songs have been chosen to highlight moments in Owen's life. Some scenes are imagined in this story that embraces boyhood, patriotism and hope. 

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