Today sees the launch of the 2018 Poppy Appeal by the Royal British Legion.
On Saturday 13th October about thirty members and friends met in central London to lay wreaths at the Cenotaph to those who served in Macedonia during (and after) the First World War.
HRH The Duke of Kent has today visited the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Sarigol Military Cemetery, Karasouli Military Cemetery and the Doiran Memorial to mark the centenary of the Second Battle of Doiran.
Today is the exact centenary of the premiere of Gustav Holst’s suite, The Planets. This is being marked by a concert at the Barbican in London, by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, which is being broadcast on BBC Radio Three. The original performance, prepared in a hurry for an invited audience at the Queen’s Hall, was something of a leaving present, as he was soon off to Salonika – where he stayed until June 1919 – to work as musical organiser and educator with the YMCA.
This is a good opportunity to remind you of the exhibition on Holst and his time in Salonika at the Holst Birthplace Museum in Cheltenham, which is on until 15 December 2018: http://holstmuseum.org.uk/
There is little enough acknowledgement of the Salonika campaign, so do support this exhibition if you can.
We wish the Salonika Campaign Society 2018 Victory Tour party – who should be arriving at Thessaloniki about now – a successful visit to northern Greece and FYROM over the next ten days.
Here are some remembrance events coming up at Sandham Memorial Chapel (NT) over the coming weeks, one of the few places in the UK with special connections to to the Salonika Campaign, 1915-1918. Find out more at their website.
On the centenary of the Mudros Armistice, which marked the end of the First World War in the Middle East against the Ottoman Empire, we are delighted to be holding a conference reflecting on the often-overlooked campaigns which took place all over the world between 1914 and 1918.
Date: Tuesday 18 September 2018
Location: St Peters Church, Castle Park, Bristol BS1 3XB
It is nearly 100 years since composer Gustav Holst went to Salonika to work as a musical organiser and educator with the YMCA. It is very appropriate, then, that his sojourn with the British Salonika Force should be commemorated by the Holst Birthplace Museum with a special exhibition. Continue reading “Gustav Holst in Salonika : exhibition now on!”
Whilst the First World War Centenary theme of Friday night’s opening concert of the BBC Proms season isn’t in doubt, you may look in vain for any explicit acknowledgement of the Salonika connection. So you read it here first! Continue reading “First Night of the Proms : A Salonika Special!”