George Butterworth and Driffield Terrace

Today we were delighted to welcome Anthony Murphy and members of York Civic Trust into school. They have organised for a blue plaque to be put up on Riseholme (now College House) the home for 20 years of the composer George Butterworth.  Butterworth was a rising star of composition, regarded as the Vaughan Williams of his generation, when he was killed in early August during the battle of Somme. Anthony Murphy has written a book about his life called ‘Banks of Green Willow’ and told us that Butterworth’s music will be featuring in the 2016 Last Night of the Proms. Butterworth died near Pozieres, and there have also been commemorations there. The new blue plaque in Driffield Terrace is the first to him in this country. After the unveiling, Year 9 students sang Butterworth songs and Year 8 hosted our guests to tea.


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