An ambitious new project inspired by a remarkable story of the First World War, Nutkhut's Dr Blighty remembers an unexpected episode in Brighton's history when the Royal Pavilion Estate became a military hospital for wounded Indian soldiers. Directed by Ajay Chhabra with design by Tom Piper (Tower of London Poppies), a week of installations in Royal Pavilion Garden is accompanied by two concerts at Brighton Dome marrying classical music from East and West.See More from Series
As part of Dr Blighty week, we remember Brighton's Indian military hospitals with two special concerts at Brighton Dome marrying classical music traditions from East and West.
David Murphy conductor
Kala Ramnath Indian violin
Simon Blendis guest concertmaster and soloist, The Lark Ascending
Art Malik narrator
Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
Butterworth The Banks of Green Willow
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Kala Ramnath The Seasons of India
Music, words and imagery combine in this special concert. The Philharmonia Orchestra perform some of the best-loved English works of the period, including Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending (the nation’s favourite piece of classical music as voted by Classic FM listeners), alongside violin virtuoso Kala Ramnath's own traditional music scored for violin, orchestra and Indian folk instruments.
Both Vaughan Williams and Butterworth volunteered for military service – Vaughan Williams served in the Royal Army Medical Corps and sadly his close friend Butterworth was killed in the battle of the Somme. Alongside their music will be readings from letters and diaries written by the Indian servicemen recuperating in Brighton, narrated by Art Malik - making for a truly poignant and evocative evening.
Find out more about the Dr Blighty projecton Nutkhut's website
Dr Blighty: The Concerts ticket offer
Philharmonia Orchestra ticket holders enjoy £5 off the ticket price for the Debashish Bhattacharya concert (Sat 28 May 10.15pm) when booked together (available over the phone or in person only).
The Lark Ascending (Akiko Suwanai). Watch now...