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Armistice Day marked yesterday at Burghclere's Sandham Memorial Chapel

Music and art reflecting chapel's First World War murals

Jane Meredith

Jane Meredith


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THE SANDHAM Memorial Chapel in Burghclere marked Armistice Day yesterday (Wed), with artwork and music reflecting the chapel's renowned First World War wall murals.

The Forgotten Dead was the theme of music played at the chapel, in Harts Lane on Wednesday, composed by Ellen Drewe, and reflecting the wall murals at the chapel, painted by Cookham artist, Sir Stanley Spencer, (1891 to 1959), and which depict his experiences as a medical orderly in Macedonia in 1916.

A total 40 people attended a service at the chapel, including members of the local community, volunteers, history students from Alton College, and Helen Walton, the assistant head of Hampshire Music Service, which supported the project to commission a new piece by Miss Drewe.

Also reflecting on Sir Stanley's paintings was an art installation, Brick Array, in the chapel grounds, designed by Southampton based artist, Chris Cudlip and created by pupils from The Clere School, Burghclere and Bishop Challoner Catholic Secondary School, Basingstoke.

The music and art installation are a result of a creative arts programme - part of a National Trust schools engagement programme, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

See today's (Nov 12) edition of the Newbury Weekly News for six pages of Remembrance Coverage from across our circulation area .



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