The Diss Corn Hall will be showing this new documentary film about George Butterworth, the English composer, Morris dancer and folk song collector who was killed in 1916 at Pozières, France during the Battle of the Somme aged just 31. In the chaos of war Butterworth was buried where he fell and his remains were never subsequently identified.
The film will be shown on Wednesday 27th February 2019 at 10.30am and at 7.30pm. Following each performance there will be a Q & A session with the director Stewart Hajdukiewicz
A trailer for the film is available at www.georgebutterworth.co.uk
ALL MY LIFE'S BURIED HERE tells the story of George Butterworth's life and music from his earliest childhood to his final hours in the violent confusion of the trenches.
For the first time in a documentary film, here is the compelling story of the English composer, George Butterworth who met a tragic end on The Somme in 1916. He left behind a handful of still popular works such as 'The Banks of Green Willow' and 'Rhapsody, A Shropshire Lad', and an impressive collection of traditional songs and dances.
It follows Butterworth on his forays collecting folk songs to discover what he found when he went out into rural England and how this informed his own music. We discover why Butterworth once described himself as a 'professional morris dancer', and explore what led him to destroy so many of his own compositions before he died.
Tracing his journey to its tragic conclusion we go with Butterworth into the trenches of northern France where his participation in increasingly desperate battles on The Somme ultimately cost him his life.
The film includes an interview with the late Professor Alun Howkins, historian, south Norfolk resident and former Trustee of Diss Corn Hall.
This is a dementia friendly screening and is supported by Diss Cyclathon.
For a link to an earlier article about Butterworth on Mardles.org with photos of him as a Morris dancer with Cecil Sharp’s demonstration team follow the link;