Gustav Holst’s WW1: With the Salonika Forces

An exhibition at the Holst Birthplace Museum exploring how Holst taught music to soldiers in Salonika and Constantinople during WW1.

Exhibition 10th July – 15th December 2018.

Did you know that composer Gustav Holst taught music to soldiers in Salonika and Constantinople during WW1? The story will be told through letters, diaries, photographs and archive film, as well as a reconstruction of Holst’s own room in the Salonika YMCA. Pop into our YMCA hut in the Holst Learning Space for children’s activities throughout the exhibition.This forms part of a programme of events on offer at the Holst Birthplace Museum to mark the centenary of WW1. There is something for everyone – from children’s activities to letterpress workshops to a talk from the Head of WW1 at the IWM. They also have a collaboration with Cheltenham Paint Festival in North Place Car Park.To kick everything off they have pasted a set of 25 posters – one for each of the soldiers who died in Salonika from Cheltenham – on a wall on Vittoria Walk. Have a look – it’s only two mins walk from The Town Hall.

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