Welcome to WarComposers.co.uk, a site dedicated to retelling the stories of the generation of classical composers who fought in World War I.

We quite rightly hear a lot about the ‘war poets’ of World War I, but less well known are the war composers. Almost a whole generation of young composers volunteered to fight in the Great War, many whom did not survive or were permanently affected by that conflict.

Dedication of Ernest Farrar's Heroic Elegy of 1918

The site launched in August 2013 and aims to present a unified resource of biographies and related materials about the composers who fought in World War 1.

What's new?

As of November 2016, the latest biography on the site is a look at the war experience of the English composer Gordon Jacob. Through what seems like sheer luck, he managed to survive the war and commemorated the event (and his brother who died on the Somme) in his First Symphony of 1929.

War Composers released its first podcast this year. George Butterworth: The Tune Hunter is about the composer's Morris dance hunting expedition in Oxfordshire in April 1912 and how his much-loved compositions like The Banks of Green Willow were influenced by folk music he collected.

Other recent biographies include the German composer Paul Hindemith, the French composers André Caplet and Jean Cras and the Austrian composer and violinist Fritz Kreisler.

Remembering the Battle of the Somme

With the centenary of the Battle of the Somme being commemorated in 2016, this site remembers the large number of talented young composers lost in that battle including George Butterworth, Frederick Septimus Kelly, Willie Manson, Francis Purcell Warren and George Jerrard Wilkinson and will aim to mention where you will be able to hear works by these composers on the concerts page.

The War Composers blog features notes and queries on a few WWI composers about whom details are obscure, as well as a look at WWII composers.