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A Leamington Musical Meteor - The Life of William Denis Browne (1888 -1915)

The exhibition at Royal Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum closed on the 10th May after two highly successful months. Nick Peacey and Robert Sells spoke to an appreciative full house on  William Denis Browne's Life and Music on Friday 20th March.

On the 29th April the Central School of Ballet gave a schools’ workshop in the superb surroundings of the Leamington Assembly Rooms. In the evening the dancers gave the world premiere of Browne’s 1912 ballet The Comic Spirit and Alexandra Davis danced a solo to his Gallipoli comrade ‘Cleg’ Kelly’s Elegy for strings: in memoriam Rupert Brooke (soloist). An audience of 70, some informed of the significance of the occasion by Radio 3’s Breakfast programme, gave the young dancers an enthusiastic reception. Some audience reactions:

"What a delight the evening proved to be!  I was enchanted by the music, it was so lovely to hear a piano duet.  The ballet was beautiful, the dancers were very good and dealt with the speaking part with confidence, an unusual addition I grant you, but well executed.  I particularly liked the choreography, which was tender and also amusing in parts."

" Many thanks for giving us the opportunity to hear a great story, listen to a wonderful piano piece and witness a ballet resurrected after 103 years. All thoroughly enjoyed it, and one family had never been to a ballet additional bonus!"

" It was a great mixture of informative and entertaining, as well as poignant and touching without any forced over-sentiment - so it struck all the right levels. Well done to all who arranged it or were involved."

commemorative walkThe commemorative walk across the Dorset downs on 1st March

Sara Loch, Trustee and Lindy and Nick Peacey, Secretary of GMM2015

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Lexi Davis dancing to F.S. Kelly's Elegy for Strings in Memoriam Rupert Brooke launches GMM20155 education materials at the O2. Alan Frame of Downlands School Blandford and his pupils explain to exhibition visitors how they explored the camp's 1914-18 history through electronic wizardry (georeferencing).