Inclusion – Accessibility – Meaning

I saw the first performance of ‘Conflict to Chorus – A Peace Intermezzo’ by Rev. Prof. June Boyce-Tillman last month at Winchester cathedral.  It was unique and very inspiring.


An inclusive whole community concert – children from primary and special schools, various choirs including ones supporting the wellbeing of older adults, choirs and soloists from the University of Winchester, plus the Southern Sinfonia Orchestra – coming together to commemorate the centenary of World War One.

I have never seen inclusion on this scale before. Such a moving evening. Music made accessible for all and WW1 commemorated with powerful/meaningful words.  

The concert certainly gave me food for thought for future posibilities …

‘Gary the Gunman’, named by school children was designed and sculpted from de-commissioned rifles donated by The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum. The rifle barrel Gary holds has been transformed into a crude flute which was played during the performance.

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‘Gary the Gunman”, sculpted and designed by Tim Clement and Kat Hutchinson  Website:

Gary was named by the children of Talavera Junior School