Folk concert commemorates Napoleonic Wars

A large audience enjoyed an historical performance commemorating the Peninsular War of 1808-1814.

Strawhead, a leading folk band, and Temple Fire, a student folk ensemble, gave the concert with the support of the School of History.

The group are currently producing a CD of songs and ballads relating to the British army of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.

Professor Charles Esdaile from the School said: “Such pieces of music offer a wealth of information on soldiers and soldiering in the early 19th century and is a fitting memorial to the 40,000 British troops who perished.”

The CD will also feature contributions from the band The Rifles and is available from in the autumn.

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