On Sunday 17th May Bedford-based composer Paul
Edwards came to talk to the Adrian Boult Society about British musical life
during World War I.  It’s an area he is particularly passionate about and
this really came across in his lecture.  Whilst of course the war had a devastating
impact on all aspects of British life, music included, it did stimulate some
remarkable compositions, some of which were written in the trenches literally
mid-battle.  One of the most heart-rending stories Paul recounted was an
account by a pupil of Charles Wood of a piano lesson with the composer which
took place on the morning he had been informed his son had been killed in the

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