Gloster Stuff

The composer and poet Ivor Gurney wrote from the trenches in Flanders of "making Musical History for England, and out of Gloster stuff".

He was not alone in receiving musical inspiration from this particular landscape.

Vaughan-Williams, Gerald Finzi, Gustav Holst and his great friend Herbert Howells were equally inspired and all contributed to defining the pastoral identity of early 20th century British music.

Naturalist Lionel Kelleway looks at why this part of England which takes in the Cotswold Escarpment, the Severn Vale, the Royal Forest of Dean, and the Malvern Hills was so special in creating a national identity for 20th century British music.

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The composer and poet Ivor Gurney wrote from the trenches in Flanders of "making Musical History for England, and out of Gloster stuff".

He was not alone in receiving musical inspiration from this particular landscape.

Vaughan-Williams, Gerald Finzi, Gustav Holst and his great friend Herbert Howells were equally inspired and all contributed to defining the pastoral identity of early 20th century British music.

Naturalist Lionel Kelleway looks at why this part of England which takes in the Cotswold Escarpment, the Severn Vale, the Royal Forest of Dean, and the Malvern Hills was so special in creating a national identity for 20th century British music.