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Undertones of War: CD launch a big hit

22 June 2022

On 22 June 2022, the Library held its first "in-person" event since the restrictions caused by the corona virus. We celebrated the launch of a new CD recording of organ music and some choral music, the pieces selected and the organ played by Dr Rob Stove, long time supporter and volunteer at the Library, and the sound engineering by Mr Thomas Grubb, assistant organist at S. Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne.

The title of the CD is "Undertones of War". It selects music composed in Britain in the aftermath of the Great War. 

Professor Paul Watt introduced and launched the recording, emphasising the importance of "space and culture", and the importance of the achievement of Rob who completed this work and also his doctorate, under the restrictions imposed in response to the corona virus. Dr Rob Stove himself spoke briefly about his project, noting that the term "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder" may have been coined only recently, but the reality stretched back through the history of war.    

Anthony Krohn, President of the Library welcomed the lively group of 25 people to the launch - a good number of people from different backgrounds, especially including a number of the singers in the recording, and other musicians  - and thanked Fr Nicholas Pearce for his elegant hospitality to the library and to the people at this event. There were also about 25 apologies - all would have been welcome, but many more than 25 would have been a squeeze!

The Library provided light (but apparently pleasing) refreshments - at least they were all eaten and drunk!

A very happy celebration of the Feast of Ss John Fisher and Thomas More.

We welcome the live events back to the Library's life of nourishing faith and culture, and look forward to the next events. Watch this space!