A musical journey to the sounds of the First World War

Driftwood Festival organiser Paul Cobb  Picture: Malcolm Wells (142242-6774C)

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A daytime event entitled British Composers and the First World War will be held at the Spring Arts Centre, Havant, tomorrow, from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

The programme includes talks on the background to the conflict that erupted 100 years ago, with screened images as well as performances of music and poetry of the period, featuring composers such as Elgar, Bliss, Butterworth and Vaughan Williams.

Portsmouth-based music lecturer Terry Barfoot will lead the event.

Other contributors include Trevor Magee, who has guided battlefield tours and specialises in the literature of the war; pianist Peter Rhodes, director of music at South Downs College and international baritone Alexander Poulton who also teaches locally.

Actor Peter Woodward from Havant-based Bench Theatre will also take part.

Tickets cost £25 (including coffee and buffet lunch) from (023) 9247 2700 or go online at thespring.co.uk