ICMK Great War MK Film Screenings

Independent Cinema Milton Keynes have programmed a series of WW1 inspired film screenings, including silent films, new animations created by young people in Milton Keynes, feature films any more.  These events will take place between 27th September and 30th October.

Full information here: ICMK’s Great War MK Events

Great War Remembered

MK Gallery Events Space / Friday 29th May 2015 / 7pm / FREE

This May experience an evening of new compositions, music and film inspired by WW1. Living Archive has been working with Steven McDaniel, young talented songwriters, musicians and film makers to commission new works inspired by the WW1 stories held by Living Archive. This six month project builds on the previous work of the Living Archive Band, and new music, songs and films will be screened and performed live on Friday 29 May, 7pm at MK Gallery’s Event Space by this talented ensemble of performers.

Inspired by the diaries, letters and images of people in Milton Keynes during WW1, this one-off performance will provide a space for people to celebrate and reflect on the people, the lives and the poignant and powerful stories that are still relevant today.

Listen here to the moving ‘Young Veterans’, a poem by Sam Upton

And here to the beautiful song ‘Homefire’, by Sian McGill:

The Great War Remembered – an evening of film and music is free but pre-booking is required from MK Gallery website (http://www.mkgallery.org/events/2015_05_29/friday_night_film/).

For more details contact Helen Innes at Living Archive: heleninnes@livingarchive.org.uk

Works on War – new songs and music inspired by WW1 stories

Working with a group of talented young people, professional musician Steven McDaniel, is supporting the development of new songs and music inspired by the WW1 stories held by Living Archive. This project builds on the previous work of the Living Archive Band, and the new music and songs will be performed live on 29th May at MK Gallery by the young song-writers and a talented ensemble.

Works on War Annas NotesThrough song and music writing workshops, these talented young musicians are developing moving new works that bring to life the memories and stories stored in Living Archive’s records.  Works on War Mitch and Manny

Here are two raw recordings of songs in development:

In the Final Hour by Manny – early development with a first take vocal, and some early instrumentation to give a flavour of where we are going.

The General Said by Mitchell – a fist mix, raw with no arrangement, with Mitch singing and playing guitar and Steve on bass.

#GreatWarMK commemorations in Simpson see individual stories of soldiers to mark their anniversaries

Arthur Eaton Commemoration

Individual stories of the soldiers named on the War Memorial in Simpson village, Milton Keynes are being written up and presented on the anniversary of each death.  Having researched the lives and service history of each soldier, Peter Barnes, has collated the information to produce these moving memorials to the men that served in the Great War from this small village.

The image above shows Arthur Eaton’s memorial (anniversary 20th November), which can be viewed here: Arthur Rose

William Eaton has also been commemorated in this way (anniversary 1st September), his document can be viewed here: William Eaton

#GreatWarMK – Join the cast of ‘Nellie’ or ‘Your Loving Brother Albert’ 22nd June

Auditions for “Your Loving Brother Albert” and “Nellie” two well loved community plays will be this Sunday 22nd June 10am – 2pm, The Old Bath House, Stratford Road, Wolverton.

You can listen to the songs here. If you audition for “Nellie” please prepare a verse from track 9 “The Bike Song”