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Our lectures Haydn Wood 2009   Roses of Picardy in films
      Roses of Picardy: a research in progress

 

 

 

Our lectures

Roses of Picardy, One Hundred Successful Years
The Life and Music of Haydn Wood

 

 

 

 

 

Roses of Picardy

One Hundred Successful Years

 

 

 

Completed in the autumn of 1916 and published that winter, the song Roses of Picardy saw considerable success from spring 1917 onwards in Great Britain and throughout the British Empire; its success was just as great in France when it was published in 1918, before the Armistice. Since then, Roses of Picardy has had countless interpretations by hundreds of vocalists and has been shaped into many instrumental arrangements; over 800 versions have been recorded.

The lecture includes:

  • The circumstances in which Fred E. Weatherly and Haydn Wood created the lyrics and the music of Roses of Picardy
  • How this ballad embedded itself in the collective memory and even in the personal lives of certain families
  • How hearing this love song aroused such contrasting emotions in soldiers during World War I
  • The trademark 'Roses de Picardy' used for many commodities
  • Roses of Picardy in literature and in films

and the first recordings of the song in English (1917) and in French (1924), plus excerpts of versions in different guises from over the decades.

Gilles Gouset wrote a book in French, Roses de Picardie, Histoire d'une chanson, published in 2005. Since then, the Haydn Wood Music Library and Archive has grown to include about 200 different sheet music arrangements, plus over 500 recordings of Roses of Picardy, and an astounding variety of collectables. To catch a glimpse of this collection, click here.

Duration: approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Equipment needed:
- Media Projector and screen
- Sound amplification

Financial considerations

Contact: haydnwoodmusic@yahoo.ca

 

 

Roses of Picardy, One Hundred Successful Years
The Life and Music of Haydn Wood

 

 

 

 

The Life and Music of Haydn Wood

'Fame Can Be a Handicap'

 

 

 

This lecture sheds light on how Haydn Wood learnt his craft, made his way in the world of music, and became a popular composer.

It is all about romance, struggle and success, and beautiful music.

  • Portraits of Haydn Wood
  • Music manuscripts
  • Haydn Wood speaking, playing the violin, and conducting
  • Haydn Wood on film
  • Haydn Wood in your city or area
  • His songs, concertos and light music gems

We have scoured libraries and archives for articles, correspondence, photographs and recordings related to Haydn Wood. After years of collecting sheet music and memorabilia, and piecing together the story of Haydn Wood's life, we now have enough scintillating material to present an illustrated lecture, or a radio show, complete with splendidly varied music for listening.

We have given such lectures on the life and music of Haydn Wood to the Robert Farnon Society in London, to Recorded Music Societies in England, and at the Yorshire Music Weekend, Heritage Quay, Huddersfield, 2017.

'This is to thank you for a fascinating, entertaining, educational and affectionate presentation of Haydn Wood's life, times and achievements … we loved every minute.' V. W., Garforth, Leeds.

Duration: 2 hours with interval, including 1 hour of recorded music.

Equipment needed:
- Media Projector and screen
- Sound amplification

Financial considerations

Contact: haydnwoodmusic@yahoo.ca

 

 

Roses of Picardy, One Hundred Successful Years
The Life and Music of Haydn Wood

 

 


Home A short biography Available sheet music Roses of Picardy: the real story
About us Days in the life of Haydn Wood The recorded works The lyrics of Roses of Picardy
Contact us Haydn Wood and Slaithwaite Live performances Roses of Picardy printed music
  Haydn Wood and the Isle of Man   The performers of Roses of Picardy
The Haydn Wood Music Shop Haydn Wood, symphonist   A discography of Roses of Picardy
Our CD A Breezy Ballad Haydn Wood and films   Les enregistrements de Roses de Picardie
Our lectures Haydn Wood 2009   Roses of Picardy in films
      Roses of Picardy: a research in progress

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