Announcing Petroc Trelawny as guest speaker at the Festival of Saint Cecilia

Petroc TrelawneyRadio 3 personality Petroc Trelawny joins us on Wednesday 19 November at Westminster Cathedral as guest reader at this year’s Festival of Saint Cecilia.

Petroc will be joined by fellow radio personality, musician and conductor Frank Renton and Shirley Williams, daughter of World War 1 poet Vera Brittain.

As the whole country remembers the start of the First World War, we are thrilled to welcome Shirley to read her mother’s poignant portrait of her lost love, “Perhaps”.

Radio 2’s Listen to the Band presenter and former trumpeter and conductor of Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Frank Renton, will continue the theme with the anonymous poem, Spotty, a moving account of friendship amongst two WW1 soldiers. Here it is recounted by Ted Francis, a junior clerk in Birmingham who joined up in 1914 at the start of the war. He said of the poem: ‘I’ve said that in my mind for seventy-five years. I never saw it in print. I heard a man give it out twice and I have remembered it since’.

We are excited to have three people that perfectly encapsulate this year’s Festival, celebrating music and musicians and remembering those whose lives were affected by the First World War. Come  join us on Wednesday 19 November in this free Service at Westminster Cathedral where you will also hear the world premiere of a new work by Cheryl Frances-Hoad.

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