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The life and music of Peter Warlock

Peter Warlock

When: Sat 25 Oct 2014, 10.00-17.00

Where: Foyle Suite, Centre for Conservation

Price: £12, (£10 Over 60s) and £8

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In his lifetime, the composer Peter Warlock actively promoted himself as a hedonistic hell-raiser who loved women and beer. He did a good job, as this image of him still persists today. There was, however, a much more serious side to Peter Warlock, whose real name was Philip Heseltine. 

In addition to composing some of the most exquisite English music of the early 20th century, he was an enthusiastic and industrious scholar. He was one of the first early music revivalists and spent much time in the British Museum transcribing Elizabethan manuscripts. He was also a prolific writer. His books include The English Ayre, a survey of Elizabethan music, and Carlo Gesualdo, Musician and Murderer, the first major book about this remarkable 16th-century Italian composer. He wrote a host of articles and short essays and a biography of Delius, who was a significant influence on the young Heseltine both musically and personally. 

Warlock’s contribution to the musical world was immense and this study day celebrates the 120th anniversary of his birth. The day consists of three illustrated talks: on Warlock’s Welsh connections, on the British Library's holdings of his works, and on his friendship with E J Moeran. There will also be a screening of a Warlock-related film and a remarkable ‘live’ performance of 78rpm records creating an authentic 1920s music listening experience. More information from the Peter Warlock Society www.peterwarlock.org.