Late Diss historian features in film about composer George Butterworth
PUBLISHED: 09:52 21 February 2019
An interview with a historian who championed and wrote about the history Norfolk's rural farm workers features in a film about the life of the English composer George Butterworth that is getting a special screening in Diss.
Professor Alun Howkins, who lived in Winfarthing, wrote influential works on the history of the rural poor including a study of rural radicalism in Norfolk called Poor Labouring Men.
He died last summer but an interview with the late historian and former trustee of Diss Corn Hall features in a film that is being screening at the venue.
All My Life’s Buried Here – The Story of George Butterworth tells the compelling story of the English composer who met a tragic end on The Somme in 1916.
Directed by Stewart Hajdukiewicz, the film tells how the composer left behind a handful of still popular works such as ‘The Banks of Green Willow’ and ‘Rhapsody, A Shropshire Lad’, and an impressive collection of traditional songs and dances gathered on trips into rural England.
Butterworth left instructions for his folk song manuscripts to be left in the care of his friend Ralph Vaughan Williams in the event of his death. The filmmaker gained exclusive access to the complete folk song manuscripts and related audio-visual materials held in the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, including Cecil Sharp’s stunning pre-First World War photographic portraits of English folk singers.
The director will be both screenings in Diss for an audience Q&A.
• All My Life’s Buried Here – The Story of George Butterworth screens at Diss Corn Hall on February 27, 10.30am and 7.30pm, 01379 652241, disscornhall.co.uk