Gustav Holst

During the First World War, Cheltenham born composer Gustav Holst (composer of 'The Planets') was teaching music to troops in Salonika, boosting morale wherever possible. As part of Cheltenham Remembers - a series of WWI commemorative events - the Holst Birthplace Museum is commemorating Holst's wartime work with an exhibition (July to December), and a public art piece of letterpress posters. 

The public art piece can be found on a wall on Vittoria Walk, opposite the YMCA Number 6 Hostel. 25 individual posters have been pasted onto the brick wall, each a unique letterpress, and each representing one of the 25 Cheltenham soldiers who died at Saolnika. The art is only two minutes walk from Cheltenham Town Hall, and offers a unique, first-person insight into the war.

The posters have been designed and pressed by Andy Kinnear, and will be on display until 31st October 2018.

Gustav Holst

Take a look...


Holst Birthplace Museum
Holst Birthplace Museum

This Regency terraced house where the composer of 'The Planets' was born, shows the 'upstairs downstairs' way of life in Victorian times...

WW1 - Gustav Holst’s WW1: With the Salonika Forces
WW1 - Gustav Holst’s WW1: With the Salonika Forces

An exhibition exploring how Holst taught music to soldiers in Salonika and Constantinople during WW1...

Salonika 25

An exhibition of 25 letterpress posters printed by artist-printmaker Andy Kinnear, commemorating the 25 soldiers from Cheltenham who died during WW1 in Salonika...



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