The RCM and WW1
(September 2014 to March 2015)
To mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, this special exhibition in the RCM Museum of Music pays tribute to the work of RCM students and staff during those years.
Many RCM students enlisted: some, such as Butterworth, did not return; others, such as Gurney, never recovered from their experiences. Happily, many others did come back to forge musical careers.
One highlight of the exhibition is a letter from Ivor Gurney, written from military hospital in Edinburgh in 1917
The exhibition also highlights other war work, from nursing to fundraising and charitable concerts held at home and abroad, and shows how life went on at the RCM during the war years.