Girton Research Fellow prominent in commemorations of World War One


Dr Kate Kennedy, Katherine Jex Blake Research Fellow for English and Music, will be featuring in BBC Radio 3’s commemorations of the First World War in June.  For the week beginning 16 June, she will be the guest on Composer of the Week, to talk about her forthcoming biography Ivor Gurney: Dweller in Shadows, and for the week beginning 23 June, she will be the guest on Essential Classics Every Day, talking about British and German music of the First World War.

Dr Kennedy has also been commissioned to write two narrated recitals commemorating the First World War:

Ivor Gurney: To His Love: As Gurney’s Biographer, Dr Kennedy has celebrated his work in this recital, written for Chatham House, which dramatises Gurney’s story through his own letters, his music and his poetry. It will be performed live on Thursday 12 June at St James’ Piccadilly by Dan Norman (tenor), Iain Burnside (piano), Matthew Cammelle (actor).

The Fateful Voyage: This programme, devised with alumnus Mark Seow (2010, Music), weaves together song, instrumental music, and the written word to explore the output of two composers and a poet: Frederick Septimus Kelly, William Denis Browne and Rupert Brooke..  It will be performed live by James Gilchrist (tenor), Iain Burnside (piano), and Matthew Cammelle (narrator) at the City of London Festival, Draper’s Hall on Monday 23 June, and will be later be broadcasted on BBC Radio 3 on Tuesday 24 June.


For more information, please visit:

Ivor Gurney: To His Love - Thursday 12 June 2014 5:30pm to 9:00pm

The Fateful Voyage - Monday 23 June 2014, 7.30pm

LONDON: fictional postcard set in 1914 by Dr Kate Kennedy, read by Jonathan Pryce


Published: 22 May 2014