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EAST YORKSHIREMEN WHO SAILED WITH SHACKLETON ON ENDURANCE

TAPESTRIES AND CERAMICS CELEBRATE FIVE OF SHACKLETON'S BRAVE MEN FROM HULL

THE MEN FROM HULL
Five men on the Endurance Expedition had local connections, and are commemorated by the 'The Yorkshire Ones in Antarctica' Exhibition (see adjoining story below).

Alf Cheetham
1 Alfred Buchanan Cheetham 1867 – 1918
Alf was born in Liverpool but his family moved to Hull around 1877. He ran away to sea serving on sailing ships. He was an Antarctic veteran and had served under Captain William Colbeck, a Hull man, on the relief ship ‘Morning’ to rescue Scott when ‘Discovery’ was stuck in the ice in 1903/4. He had also been with Scott in 1912.

The story of Cheetham

Alf was one of the 22 men who stayed in the upturned boats on Elephant Island.
After his return from Antarctica he was drowned when his ship was torpedoed in World War 1. He had 13 children and has lots of descendants.

Ernest Holness
2 Ernest Holness 1892 -1924
Ernest lived on Alma Street and Flinton Street, and is best known for the incident when the ice cracked beneath his tent and he was rescued from the water by Shackleton - but complained about losing his tobacco.

About Ernest Holness

He was washed overboard from the trawler Lord Lonsdale off the Faroe Islands in 1924 and his name is in the Memorial Book in the Maritime Museum.

William Stephenson
3 William Stephenson 1889-1953
Bill Stephenson was born in Sculcoates, a northern suburb of Hull, and served on trawlers sailing out of Bridlington, Hull and Grimsby.

Stephenson - a short biography

We don’t know much about his life or about his time on Endurance. He was 3rd Engineer and stoker and was one of the Elephant Island contingent. (We would like to find out more.)

John Vincent
4 John Vincent 1879-1941
Vincent was born in Birmingham and ran away to sea aged 14, making many trips in Hull Trawlers. He was physically strong and was taken by Shackleton on the 800 mile boat journey to South Georgia.

In World War I he survived being torpedoed in the Mediterranean and became a trawler skipper fishing off Bear Island (Bjørnøya, the southernmost island of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago), and Spitzbergen. He also skippered an armed trawler, Alfredian, operating in the North Sea and off the East Coast.

More about John Vincent

Photographs show him with a damaged lip caused when it was frozen to a metal cup. He never mentioned Shackleton on his return, unlike Charles Green.

Charles ('Charlie') Green
5 Charles Green 1888-1974
Green, 'the Antarctic Chef,’ spent much of his later life reliving his time on the Endurance expedition and loving every moment of it. He gave radio interviews and many lectures using a set of lantern slides given to him by Shackleton. In our exhibition we have a slide show with music which includes some of the lantern slides that Charles included in his lectures.

‘Charlie’ had a great sense of humour, and on board ship he was well known for his joke birthday cakes. One was a balloon covered in jam and then rolled in desiccated coconut which of course exploded when the knife cut into it.

A new book about Charles Green’s life by Arthur Credland published by the East Yorkshire Family History Society is available; and a comprehensive study of his life by his nephew Roy Cochram can be read at Hull History Centre.

Read more about Charles Green

If you remember Charles Green giving a talk at your school or have any information about the other men please post your memories. We would love to hear them.

Contact email: Yorkshireones@gmail.com

 

SHACKLETON - THE SUPERB TV SERIES BY CHRISTOPHER RALLING

NOW AVAILABLE ON YOU TUBE

An important and valuable message has been received from John Atkins:

Members and Shackleton enthusiasts may want to know that two of the four parts of the in many resepects brilliant 1983 BBC2 TV drama Shackleton, written and directed by Christopher Ralling (and previously mentioned on the JCS website), have now been posted on YouTube.

They are: Episode 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16RmWaHYFrk

and Episode 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iotptQeXCs4

John asserts, 'This Shackleton series from the early 1980s is first class in so many ways it really ought to be released on DVD, especially as the same production team’s The Voyage of Charles Darwin (1978) has recently been released to acclaim.'

LInk to Episode 4

Link to Episode 2

I hope this is of interest and useful.
(John Atkins)

The outstanding filmmaker Christopher Ralling

 

THE SHACKLETON CENTENARY BOOK

PRECIOUS VOLUME TO COMMEMORATE THE ENDURANCE CENTENARY

The launch of the James Caird, 24 April 1916
PRICES: Standard Version: £350 + P&P Subscriber Version: £95 + P&P
P&P (per book) £15 (UK) £25 (outside UK)
For an order form please email
the JCS Website Editor, roderic.dunnett@sol.co.uk

 

A CHANCE TO MEET SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH

MON 29 APRIL 2013, 6.30-9.00 AT THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

Years of excellence - The Explorers ClubPenetrating the Poles - the Explorers Club
A number of tickets are available for James Caird Society members (who may bring guests) to attend an evening reception with Sir David Attenborough, a living legend anddoyen of BBC Television's nature programme, on Monday 29 April at the Flett Theatre, Natural History Museum, Kensington, London.

Sir David Attenborough, the legendary authority of wildlife across the world
The evening will run from 6.30 to 9.00 p.m. Tickets for the event itself cost £30. David Attenborough will be interviewed by the distinguished Polar Explorer Jim McNeill about his lifetime's work, including such milestones in his career as the celebrated TV series Life on Earth and Life in the Freezer.

Sir David Attenborough in earnest converse with compare the market.com
The occasion will see Sir David presented with the Explorers Club's Lowell Thomas Awar. It is a highly significant honour. Now into its fourth decade, the Lowell Thomas Award was established by the Explorers Club in 1980 to honour outstanding achievement and pioneering in the widest field of exploration, including general exploration, space exploration, deepwater exploration, Arctic and Antarctic exploration, mountaineering, balloon exploration, exploration relating to climate change and conservation.

Previous recipients of the Lowell Thomas Award include Sir Edmund Hillary, Robert Ballard, Louise Leakey, Mary Cleave, Carl Sagan, Bertrand Piccard and Edward Wilson.

Drinks will be available from a pay bar both before and after the event.

TICKETS are available, price £30, from www.etickets.to/buy/?e=10072 - or click below to be taken to the appropriate page.

Buy ticket(s) for the David Attenborough event
Members of the audience will have a chance to put their own questions to Sir David.

David Attenborough with rare speciesDavid Attenborough
David AttenboroughSir David Attenborough
The young David Attenborough takes to the wildsBy the 1960s David Attenborough was already a celebrity on British TV, renowned for his work in the jungles and deserts of the world, his intense enthusiasm and his intoxicating way of presenting it
A celebrated expert on survival in extreme climates, Jim McNeill is Chairman of the British and Western European Section (Chapter) of the Explorers Society.

Jim McNeill, extraordinary polar specialist and explorer
View some enticing and unusual pictures on Sir David's own website

See details of Sir David Attenborough's colourful new 'Life' series on BBC 1

 

TUES 23 APRIL 7.15 AT THE RGS ONDAATJE THEATRE: LECTURE BY HENRY WORSLEY

"IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF POLAR GIANTS"

The lecture is on Tuesday 23 April at 7.15 p.m.
The Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 2AR, will play host on Tuesday 23 April 2013 at 7.15 to a lecture by Colonel Henry Worsley, leader of the acclaimed Shackleton Centenary expedition, in the Ondaatje Theatre.

The illustrated lecture is entitled 'In the Footsteps of Polar Giants', and will explore the legacy of Amundsen, Scott and Shackleton in the light of the team's own Polar explorations.

Tickets are available, priced £20.

Polar veteran and lecturer Henry Worsley, now a popular figure on the Antarctic lecture circuit
Proceeds from the lecture will go to the Shackleton Foundation, which Henry Worsley and his team set up to coincide with their exacting expedition (www.shackletonfoundation.org)

Travel in the footsteps of these three great men and rivals across the Ross Ice Shelf, up the Axel Heiberg and Beardmore glaciers and over the polar plateau.

Film, diaries and photos of the original journeys are juxtaposed with the modern Centenary expeditions of Henry Worsley, the only person to have retraced both of those original routes to the South Pole.

The proceedings are expected to end around 9.00 p.m.

At the Pole: Henry Worsley completes Shackleton's 1909 journeyHenry Worsley imparts his Polar enthusiasms to West Country schoolchildren


 

NEW PIECE OF MUSIC BY HOWARD GOODALL HONOURS SHACKLETON

'SHACKLETON'S GRAVE', AN INSTRUMENTAL AND ORCHESTRAL PIECE BY POPULAR, WELL-KNOWN COMPOSER

Howard Goodall received his CBE at Buckingham Palace
Howard Goodall, who composed the music for many UK television programmes including the ever-popular series The Vicar of Dibley, and whose new Musical The Winter's Tale opens at the Landor Theatre, Clapham North, London on Monday 12 November (and runs till Saturday 1 December), has written a work for trumpet and organ entitled Shackleton's Cross.

The composer explains that Shackleton's Cross is actually a piece in three versions: a new version, for trumpet & organ, is to be premiered on Thursday 8 November at 7.30 in Reading Concert Hall by the renowned trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins and award-winning organist David Goode, currently the Head of Keyboard at Eton College.

Reading Concert Hall website: details of the event

There is also a version for oboe, trumpet and strings, and one for piano solo (the last is to be released in January on Howard Goodall's forthcoming CD 'Inspired', for Decca Classics).

Edward Seago's 1957 painting of Shackleton's Cross above Grytviken harbour: the inspiration for Howard Goodall's composition
Goodall's is one of a set of musical pieces inspired by pictures in the Royal Collection, and commissioned by them: here the composer has chosen the painting of Shackleton's Cross (over the explorer's grave in Grytviken, South Georgia) by Edward Seago, an artist who aroused much interest in the Society when his paintings were recently exhibited at Bonham's in London). The painting was done early in 1957.

The title refers to the cross which was erected to the memory of Sir Ernest Shackleton. Erected to replace the initial memorial placed there by Norwegian Whalers following Shackleton's death on ship alongside the island in January 1922, the cross can be found on a promontory overlooking the entrance to the harbour at Grytviken Whaling Station - a location Shackleton knew well - and remains a significant landmark there, visited by many Shackleton, Antarctic and South Georgia enthusiasts.

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh views the paintings of Seago and others with Julian Dowdeswell, Director of the Scott-Polar Research Institute
The painting is owned by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, who purchased it following a visit to the Antarctic and South Georgia around the time of Sir Vivian Fuchs's expedition (which fulfilled Shackleton's intended crossing of the Antarctic); and was part of an exhibition at Buckingham Palace from October 2011 to April 2012.

One of the many magnificent polar images painted by Edward Seago

Edward Seago's view over Grytviken harbour, South Georgia
Goodall's piece Shackleton's Cross was recorded in May 2012 for release shortly.

The Reading Concert Hall is on Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH, and is part of the Town Hall complex, not far from Reading Station.

Details of the concert from Reading Concert Hall

The publicity states 'The combination of trumpet and organ is one of the most glorious sounds to be heard in the musical world. Two of the finest exponents of their instruments give the first chamber performance of Howard Goodall's new work for the Royal Collection by Howard Goodall.

'Crispian Steele-Perkins will also showcase modern, piccolo and Baroque trumpets alongside a 1930s New York-built Cornet, English Cornet and a Post Horn.

Information about organist David Goode

Read about the trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins

'David Goode accompanies on the Town Hall's celebrated 'Father' Willis organ, which can be heard in the impressive acoustic of the Reading Concert Hall.'

Howard Goodall with the boys of Christ Church, Oxford at the time of a recording. Howard himself was a chorister in Oxford, at New College,
Howard Goodall as a boy chorister in New College Choir, OxfordHoward Goodall (c) with Rowan Atkinson and (r) scriptwriter Richard Curtis, who would work with Howard on Blackadder, Mr. Bean and The Vicar of Dibley. Curtis's also scripted the hit films Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill and Warhorse

 

ATMOSPHERIC ALPS TO ANTARCTICA PAINTINGS EXHIBITION CONTINUES TILL DECEMBER

AT THE ALPINE CLUB, LONDON EC2. SUPERB POLAR AND SUB-POLAR CANVASES BY AN EMINENT AND ACCOMPLISHED ARTIST

Chaine des Aravis above Combloux, France
Following the opening and private viewing of Alps to Antarctica, the Exhibition of Paintings and Studies by Rowan Huntley, the exhibition will be open to the public until near the end of 2012.

The Display can be visited until Christmas this year, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Non members of the Club by prior arrangement, please.)

Venue: The Alpine Club, 55 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3QF (Tel: 020 7613 0755).

Nordenskjold Peak and Mt. Roots, South Georgia
Featuring the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia, together with the Alpine regions of Bregaglia, Engadine, Kleine Scheidegg, Zermatt and Mont Blanc, and notably west Greenland’s Ilulissat Icefjord (40,240 ha), the sea mouth of Sermeq Kujalleq glacier, one of the fastest glaciers in the world (travelling 19 miles per day), through which the Greenland ice cap reaches the sea.

Visit the Alpine Club's website for more details

Rowan Huntley was the first painter to be awarded an Artist's Residency by the Friends of the Scott-Polar Research Institute in association with the Royal Navy. In 2010 she spent a month on board HMS Scott during her first deployment to the Antarctic Peninsula. She returned as Artist in Residence with Oceanwide expeditions, visiting South Georgia together with the Antarctic Peninsula.

The Artist of rugged landscape: visit Rowan Huntley's website for more information on her work
Visit Rowan Huntley's website

Logo of the Alpine Club, London

 

A RECENT INSTALLATION COMMEMORATES SCOTT AND HIS MEN

ARTWORK DESIGNED BY A DIRECT DESCENDANT OF LT. EDWARD EVANS

composer and artist Julian Broke-Evans in polar climes. His grandfather, Lt. Edward Evans, was one of the key figures on Scott's last expedition
As part of the celebration at St. Paul's Cathedral in connection with its Commemoration Service for Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his men, a new artwork was unveiled.

From 27 March to 3 April 2012, sponsored by the Scott-Polar Institute in Cambridge which also arranged and hosted the Memorial Service, St. Paul’s hosted an art installation, or a televisual version of it, created by Julian Broke-Evans (above), the grandson of Lt. Edward 'Teddy' Evans, second in command of the British Antarctic Expedition (not to be confused with Edgar Evans, Scott's colleague on the fatal journey).

Visit the St. Paul's website with its details of the Polar Installation

Teddy Evans (Edward Ratcliffe Garth Russell Evans, 1881–1957) was commander of Scott's ship the Terra Nova, having earlier been second in command of the Discovery's relief ship the Morning. He commanded the last depot-laying station in support of Scott's last attempt on the South Pole, but was not selected for the final assault, Bowers being preferred. Evans continued his naval service thereafter, rising by stages to the rank of full Admiral. On retirement from the navy in 1941 he was appointed the 1st Baron Mountevans of the Broke, KCB, DSO SGM, and served out the rest of the war as a Civil Defence Commissioner.

Lieutenant Edward Evans, former skipper of Scott's Terra Nova, seen in 1914, before serving in the First World War and after the tragic outcome of Scott's 1910-11 expedition, which claimed five lives including Scott's ownEdward Evans in his admiral's attire, between the world wars
Julian Broke-Evans - a widely experienced composer, performer and lecturer, who hails from Plymouth, UK - presented ‘South with Scott’, a live audio-visual feed of three-metre high vertical ice flutes standing in a very effective-looking windswept ice landscape. The images, mysteriously altering and shifting in viewpoint, and immensely atmospheric and appealing, appeared on a large 85" screen, with wireless headphones which relayed the haunting sound of the flutes, highly evocative of the Antarctic.

One view of the memorable installation sculpture designed by Julian Broke-Evans. Click on the picture to enjoy a larger version
There are many references in Polar literature to the haunting sound the ice makes. Described as 'an orchestra of ice instruments' (or as the Norwegians have dubbed it, an 'isorgel'), the actual frozen artwork was installed at Fefor, in Norway. There is a connection. As Julian himself points out, his grandfather experienced and wrote about an extraordinary calm he felt when on top of a mountain in Norway.

This haunting screen version was open for all visitors to St. Paul's to see, and caused a considerable stir.

The idea was that the live stream, and the powerful fusion of vision and sound, would give the audience an immediate sense of the beauty and power of man's relationship with the great wilderness, and the forces of the natural world - 'an expression of the confluence between wilderness and man's intervention.'

See the video in larger format

See a video of Julian at work constructing the Installation

View and hear the beautiful forerunner, in Antarctica, of the present sound and sight installation

As Julian points out, 'My pilgrimage to Antarctica, to Cape Evans and the Terra Nova hut, and my Installation at Windless Bight (2010), have brought my own return to happiness. And in the installation in Norway at Fefor, where Scott tested the motor tractors for the Terra Nova expedition, there is a beautiful symmetry, adjacent as it is to the mountain on which my grandfather lay, overlooked from the cabin which he so loved, indeed from the window of the room in which he died.'

Good friends in happier times: Lt. Edward Evans (standing on right, behind his wife with Scott (on left, with his wife Kathleen)
A great man in his day, Edward Evans received a vast and extraordinary number of honours and awards from both home and abroad. These along with his life story are documented on Wikipedia.

So in many ways, this significant artwork is a family tribute; but it also reaches out to the great polar pioneers as a whole. It might be seen as a paean of joy and celebration. As the artist himself puts it, 'Let the ice-pipes sing the praises of the heroes of the Heroic Age of Exploration.'

Hear, hear.

An iconic picture: Lt. Evans with Edward Nelson of the Terra Nova expedition, carving out an ice cave for the purpose of food storage
Read more about Scott's friend and companion Edward Evans

 

NEW REPLICA OF THE JAMES CAIRD AND FILM TRIBUTE TO FRANK WORSLEY

NEW ZEALAND FILM CREW HONOURS THE OUTSTANDING CAPTAIN AND NAVIGATOR

Craig Parker as Frank Worsley, with colleagues below deck on the James Caird
James Heyward with the New Zealand-built new replica of the James Caird
The acclaimed Film Producer James Heyward, of Making Movies in New Zealand, has brought the good news that in preparation for a major film, Shackleton's Captain, about New Zealand-born Frank Worsley, the makers have produced a fine new replica of Shackleton's boat the James Caird. James has also very kindly sent some photos of it and stills from the forthcoming film.

The hull takes shape, prior to adding the superstructure The James Caird replica, with sails to be added
James Caird NZ3 448 336The James Caird replica in all her glory, ready to reenact the terrible boat journey
The James Caird replica is a very handsome and impressive reproduction of the famous vessel which Frank Worsley navigated with incredible skill and precision to South Georgia, thus making it possible for Shackleton to rescue his trapped men.

Careful finishing work in the construction studioRigged and ready to take to the water
Making Movies, in co-production with Gebrueder-beetz Film Produktion, Germany, is embarking on a truly epic project, making a 90 minute docu-drama, designed for television, originally named Ice Captain and now entitled Shackleton's Captain, written by James Heyward, Leanne Pooley and Tim Woodhouse, closely examining the absolutely critical role played by 'Skipper' Frank Worsley, as navigator, on the 1914-16 Endurance expedition, including during the escape from the ice and the James Caird voyage to South Georgia, shedding new light upon the expedition.

The Making Movies film documentary website

View an early progress teaser of the film Shackleton's Captain

The first film ever to focus on the unique story of Worsley, Shackleton's Captain (which is also the title of John Bell Thomson's outstanding biography of Worsley) will include elaborate recreations with actor Craig Parker playing Captain Worsley and high definition-quality archive material, bringing the story to life as never before and paying proper due respect to the achievements of this neglected hero.

At odds with the ice: Craig Parker as Frank WorsleyThe others hold Frank Worsley as he struggles to get a bearing on South Georgia: an incredibly exhausting and hazardous business
The film will draw on a wide range of sources, including interviews with informed experts, so as to tell an old story from a new perspective. Leanne Pooley directs and James Heyward is executive producer. Other cast include Charles Pierard as Sir Ernest Shackleton and John Seymour as Ernest Holness. James Heyward has also notified us of the fascinating news that a key member of the James Caird's crew, Tim McCarthy, will be played by Peter McCarthy, Tim's great-grandson, who lives in Christchurch, New Zealand and works at the Christchurch Antarctic Centre. James Heyward's film company will be gifting the James Caird replica to an Education Programme based on the expedition, to be run by Peter McCarthy.

The hauling of the James Caird across the ice, subject of a famous Frank Hurley photoJohn Seymour as Endurance crew member Ernest Holness
Shackleton’s Captain reveals the truth behind the spectacular rescue of Shackleton's Imperial Transantarctic Expedition of 1914-16. One man gave everything and made it possible: Frank Worsley, the captain of the expedition ship. The crew looked to Shackleton to lead them, Shackleton looked to Worsley to save them!

As captain, Worsley was faced with seemingly insurmountable odds when Endurance became trapped in the pack ice off the coast of Antarctica. The ship was slowly crushed, forcing Worsley and his entire ship's crew to abandon the ship. They spent the next ten months living on the ice, then an ice flow, before rowing three life boats (Worsley skippering one of the three, the Dudley Docker) to a desolate rock called Elephant Island. The men were facing slow starvation in the freezing cold and with no rescue in sight.

The tension and exhaustion of sailing the James Caird in appalling seas for 18 days begins to tellConversations even below deck are almost impossible: they must rely on shouting and brief, snappy exchanges
The boat party huddles beside a fire. They remained at King Haakon Bay for many days before attempting the crossing (pictures all courtesy of James Heyward, Making Movies, NZ)Frank Worsley, with Shackleton and Tom Crean, makes the climb over the South Georgia mountains. They waited 8 days at King Haakon Bay before attempting the dangerous crossing
Worsley was forced to risk everything by sailing the James Caird, the largest of the tiny life boats, 800 miles across the Southern Ocean to the small island of South Georgia where they hoped to find help at a Norwegian whaling station.

Twenty eight lives were in the balance as Worsley braved the worst conditions imaginable; rogue waves, ice bergs and a hurricane in a three week journey modern sailors still consider to be one of the greatest sailing voyages of all time. When a hurricane and prevailing winds forced them to land at a beach at the opposite side of the island, Worsley had to prove his skills a second time: no map of the island existed. Without alpine equipment, with totally inadequate clothing and almost no food and water, they have to cross the island. They succeeded, and the fourth attempt at a rescue succeeded. After nearly two years on the ice not a single man had perished. The expedition was a disaster, but the rescue the greatest in history.

Frank Worsley (centre) with Shackleton and Tom Crean at Punta Arenas, Chile after their arduous journey aboard the James Caird
Gratifyingly, the film, which reached the final shoot and post-production stages in 2011, has received very substantial financial backing from New Zealand Television.

Visit Making Movies' Worsley film page

It is not always realised that Worsley commanded 21 vessels in his day, as well as five warships; in the latter guise he was a celebrated and successful hunter of enemy U-boats.

Frank Worsley with his friend & colleague Joseph Stenhouse (later DSO, OBE, DSC), who captained Shackleton's ship the Aurora. He later served with Shackleton in Murmansk. Born in Scotland, Stenhouse achieved Royal Navy distinction in both World Wars.
Worsley with Shackleton in San Francisco, November 1916 before sailing across the Pacific to rescue their other companions with the Aurora
Frank Worsley's home in his birthplace of Akaroa, near Christchurch, New Zealand
John Bell Thomson, adviser to the film and author of Shackleton's Captain, the superbly authoritative biography of Frank WorsleyShackleton's Captain, John Bell Thomson's landmark biography of Frank Worsley

 

A CD RETELLING IN MUSIC OF THE STORY OF SHACKLETON

FRANK BOSSERT COMPOSES NEW WORK RETELLING THE SAGA OF ENDURANCE

The spellbinding saga of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance voyage is now available in words and music on an imaginitive rock and folk-inspired CD album by Frank Bossert, a gifted musician from Hamburg who has put together a fascinating and moving interpretation of the famous story.

Frank has brought together many influences here, melding them into a striking collage of styles to produce a work that has a remarkable consistency and evokes endless interest. Progressive rock unites with a symphonic influence and also an underlying resonance of Celtic music, to create an atmospheric whole which poignantly captures the emotions of the crew, from optimism through despair and on to relief.

The CD, entitled Shackleton's Voyage, combines spoken narrative with instrumental passages and several haunting songs which together narrate the whole sequence of events from Endurance's setting out in late 1914 to the desperate times on Elephant Island and the men’s final rescue.

The CD features luxurious and attractive artwork. The extensive, 20-page booklet contains numerous original photographs by Frank Hurley, the Endurance expedition's photographer. The recording is now available worldwide as well as from Eureka’s own website.

Four of the tracks: 'Going Home', 'Heading South', 'Turning Point' and 'In Search of Relief' can be listened to on the Eureka section on MySpace. Thy give a good flavour of the album as a whole.

The titles of the 16 tracks are:
'The Last Adventure'
'Departure' (featuring Troy Donockley)
'The Challenge' (Billy Sherwood)
'Grytviken Whaling Station'
'Heading South' (Yogi Lang)
'Icebound'
'Plenty of Time' (described as 'a Celtic romp on the
Uilleann pipes', here played by Stefan Markus)
'The Turning Point'
'Going Home' (Billy Sherwood)
'Into the Lifeboats'
'Elephant Island'
'Will You Ever Return?' (Kalema)
'In Search of Relief'
'The Rescue' and
'We Had Seen God!'

Frank has talked in interviews about the 'concept album' which came to him as an idea after he’d watched a documentary on Shackleton in 2000. He told Jill Hughes of Progressive Music: 'I think Shackleton's story is relevant to all of us and in so many ways! It's about humanity, about responsibility, about having a vision, about taking risks and last but not least about failing.

'When the Endurance was crushed by the packed ice, Shackleton immediately changed his goal - the new goal was to bring all of his men home alive! It was also my goal to survive my experience [a broken relationship] and keep my lust for life. But besides the psychological aspects, it is all in all a giant adventure story.

'And that's the main thing I'm after in music: I feel in the tradition of bands like Yes in that aspect - they'd tried to be as adventurous as possible for their whole career! I did the music from scratch - following a storyboard I made for this record. It was a difficult thing sometimes. Bringing me to the point that I rather felt like giving up; yet sometimes things developed very easily - like always in life. All in all, it was great fun making this album.'

Actor Ian Dickson narrates parts of the story. Frank Bossert is joined on this recording by Yogi Lang (RPWL), who mixed and mastered the CD at Farmlands Studios in Munich, and also contributed a Moog solo; Billy Sherwood (Lodgic, World Trade, ex-Yes, Circa, Aka), who sings on two vocal tracks; Troy Donockley (Iona, Nightwish, etc.), who plays bagpipes and flute on one track; and Kalema, who supplies hauntingly beautiful vocals on one track, 'Will You Ever Return?' Some listeners might notice attractive reference points on this CD, including Mostly Autumn and A Momentary Lapse of Reason-era Pink Floyd.

As one critic reports, 'The Rescue' ushers in a feeling of exhausted disbelief, a variation on some of the previous melodic themes; and humbly ends the proceedings with the words of Sir Ernest Shackleton: "In memories we were rich. We had pierced the veneer of outside things. We had suffered, starved and triumphed, groveled down, yet grasped at glory, grown bigger in the bigness of the whole. We had seen God in His splendours, heard the text that nature renders. We had reached the naked soul of man".

Critical reaction has been very positive: 'Superbly atmospheric - just slipping this CD into the slot will likely give you frostbite' (Classic Rock Magazine). 'The music on Shackleton's Voyage is very strong….What a beautiful CD this has become. Bossert is like a new Mike Oldfield but with something extra' (iO Pages, Dutch Progressive Rock Magazine).

'In this day and age, it's easy to overlook the pioneering and adventurous spirit of people like Shackleton. Bringing it to life in a rock musical context and doing it so well is also a huge achievement. It might not be everyone's cup of tea but this is well worth checking out' (Powerplay Magazine). 'Shackleton's Voyage can seem a bit heavy going at time but I can assure you that it's worth taking a punt and seeing it through. It's one which gets better with repeat listenings' (roomthirteen.com).

Shackleton's Voyage has done exceptionally well since. It reached the top 100 in the German Amazon charts for a period! It was nominated in the category 'best recording' by the jury of 'Prog Awards 2009', which is composed by progressive sites and magazines, and achieved third place in the annual poll - a magnificent achievement for a project that brings Sir Ernest Shackleton's name and leadership qualities to an ever wider public.

 

DEEP SOUTH EXHIBITION AT THE STABLES GALLERY, TWICKENHAM FROM MAY-JULY 2011

The Deep South art exhibition, which features work by Artists with an Antarctic connection, and which enjoyed a very successful run at Dulwich College in October and November 2010, is moving to its next London venue.

It will be mounted at The Stables Gallery, Orleans House, Twickenham from 12 May to 3 July 2011.

This fine exhibition features seven artists who have travelled to the Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia. Because this The Stables offers a larger venue, there will be even more work on display, including new work produced by the artists since last November.

In 2012 the exhibition moves north of the border: Deep South will be on display at Discovery Point, Dundee from April to June 2012.

 

LAST CHANCE TO CATCH PAINTING EXHIBITION WITH A SHACKLETON CONNECTION

Key moments in the Endurance expedition are celebrated in a new series of paintings currently on show at the L-13 Light Industrial Workshop, 31 Eyre Street Hill, off Clerkenwell Rd., London EC1R 5EW, until Saturday 3 April.

Central to the exhibition by the artist Harry Adams is a series of paintings based on the photographic records of early polar exploration, in particular those of Sir Ernest Shackleton.

The exhibition, Harry Adams: A Short History of Our Progress Part II: Collected Paintings, 2011-2012 (featuring items from the Shackleton Antarctic Series) includes a series of individual portraits, based on original photographs, of the litter of puppies, Nelson, Toby, Roger and Nellie, born during Shackleton’s Endurance expedition, and who were a popular feature while the men were stranded for months in the ice.

Unfortunately, like all the dogs, the puppies did not survive, but were shot and (presumably) consumed. The sad task was allocated to Shackleton's trusty second-in-command, Frank Wild. Frank is reported to have said, "I have known many men I would rather have shot than these dogs."

'Harry Adams' is not a single artist, but in fact a joint venture between two artists: Steve Lowe and Adam Wood. The pair have worked together and collaborated over the years since they met at art college, and take pleasure in the common spirit, camaraderie and mutual inspiration this engenders. Rather than exploring the narrative of the Shackleton exhibition, the works are raw, elemental and a response to the story rather than strictly descriptive.

L-13 is the shortened title for the intriguingly named Light Industrial Workshop and private Ladies and Gentleman's Club for Art, Leisure and the Disruptive Betterment of Culture. Opening Hours during Exhibitions are Tuesdays to Thursdays, 12.00-7.00 p.m. and Sundays, 12.00-6.00 p.m. The Tel. No. is 0207 713 8255. Eyre Hill Street runs north from the Clerkenwell Road, just to the east of junction with Rosebery Avenue.

The venue is a working studio as well as a gallery, and provides a comfortable environment in which to experience the art produced by the studio's artists as well as a reading area and archive.



 

'ENDURANCE' EXHIBITION AT MERSEYSIDE MARITIME MUSEUM, LIVERPOOL

RUNS AT LIVERPOOL FROM 16 JULY 2010 TO 27 FEBRUARY 2011

Endurance: Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure is the title of a striking exhibition at the Merseyside Maritime Museum, which runs from 16 July 2010 to 27 February 2011. Admission is Free.

The epic story of Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914 Endurance expedition is an incredible real life tale of survival. The exhibition features about 150 compelling photographs of the expedition's ordeal taken by photographer Frank Hurley, who dived into freezing waters to retrieve his glass plate negatives from the sinking Endurance.

The photographs, printed from the original negatives and Hurley's album of prints, are accompanied by gripping memoirs from the voyage. This is the touring exhibition which started, to great acclaim, in 1999 in New York and was attended by Hon. Alexandra Shackleton, Harding Dunnett (founder of the James Caird Society) and Pippa Hare, along with the James Caird itself!

Shackleton first headed south in 1901, accompanying Robert F Scott on an unsuccessful bid for the Pole. Six years later he led his own Nimrod expedition to within approximately 100 miles of his goal, further south than anyone had gone before. Here, taking stock of his party’s failing supplies and health, Shackleton made the heartbreaking decision to turn back. In 1911 the race was finally won by Roald Amundsen of Norway.

With the prize of the Pole having been claimed, Shackleton embarked on a new challenge in 1914 - to cross the entire continent on foot, from the Weddell to the Ross Sea. Leaving the island of South Georgia in December, his ship Endurance battled her way through pack ice toward the continent. But while deep in the pack of the Weddell Sea, the ship was trapped and slowly crushed by the ice.

On board the Endurance was a talented Australian photographer named James Francis ('Frank') Hurley. Shackleton had partly financed the expedition through advance sales of photographic, film and story rights. This was to be Hurley’s second trip to Antarctica, as he had previously documented an expedition led by the Australian explorer Douglas Mawson. The 1913 film that Hurley made about Mawson’s journey had drawn him to Shackleton’s attention.

By his shipmates, Hurley was considered “hard as nails", able to endure harsh conditions and willing to go to any length to obtain a shot. After the Endurance was abandoned, Hurley dove into the icy water to retrieve sealed canisters containing his glass plate photographic negatives. Relaxing his rule that only two pounds of gear be allowed for each man, Shackleton allowed Hurley to save his best images.

Together, Shackleton and Hurley selected 120 negatives, destroying approximately 400 so that Hurley would not be tempted to retrieve them again. The chosen negatives survived ice, open seas and burial under the snow of a desolate island.

The photographs in this exhibition were made from Frank Hurley’s glass plate negatives, film negatives and an album of prints he made while still aboard the Endurance.

Shackleton and his men became castaways in one of the most hostile environments on earth. The expedition was a failure - yet the unimaginable saga of survival that followed ensured that it was for this, the failed Endurance expedition, that Shackleton is ultimately remembered.


 

LEONARD HUSSEY'S BANJO - RADIO 4 DOCUMENTARY

TUES 7 AND SAT 11 DECEMBER 2010 (IPLAYER TILL SAT 18)

On Tuesday 7th December at 1.30 pm BBC Radio 4 will be airing a documentary programme about Leonard Hussey's Banjo.

The documentary is entitled Vital Mental Medicine - Shackleton's Banjo, and is narrated by the folk musician Tim van Eyken.

The programme will be repeated on Radio 4 at 3.30 pm on Saturday 11th December and will also be available on BBC iPlayer for a week after the broadcast, till Saturday 18th December.

Tim van Eyken tells the story of how on the 1914-16 Imperial Transantarctic Expedition Sir Ernest Shackleton instructed that the banjo belonging to meteorologist Leonard Hussey (1891-1964), which had given much enjoyment during the time when the Endurance was trapped, be rescued from the ship when was crushed by pack ice and sank in 1915.

The musician explains how Shackleton hoped the lively music and entertainment provided by the instrument might help preserve the sanity of his stranded crew, and examines the life of Hussey, whose songs helped his fellow sailors keep their spirits up both when encamped on the ice and on Elephant Island, and ultimately to return home safely.

 

'DEEP SOUTH' EXHIBITION AT DULWICH OCT 25 - NOV 4

BY ARTISTS WITH AN ANTARCTIC OR SOUTH GEORGIA CONNECTION

This Exhibition staged at Dulwich is the work of seven artists who have visited the Antarctic Region and South Georgia.

It can be seen at Dulwich College, London SE21 7LD from Monday October 25th to Thursday November 4th. Admission is free.

As well as the Exhibition, visitors will be able to see the 'James Caird' and the accompanying photographs and artifacts associated with Sir Ernest Shackleton's heroic journey.

 

THE NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM

JAMES CAIRD AND SOUTH GEORGIA SOCIETIES BOTH REPRESENTED ON A FORMAL TOUR

During the autumn of 2008 several committee and other members were invited to represent the Society on a visit to the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. They joined members of the South Georgia Society for lunch and the tour.

They included Hon. Alexandra Shackleton (President), Sir James Perowne, (Chairman), John Bardell (Vice Chairman), Pippa Hare (Hon. Sec.), Terry Walsh, Veronica Marston, John Bonham, Bob Burton, Anne d'Ath, Doreen Browne, David McLean, Newsletter Editor Nick Smith, Tim Jarvis, Stuart Leggatt and Roderic Dunnett.

It was at the National Maritime Museum that the James Caird was restored during the years after the war. In the late 1980s she was returned to the owners, Dulwich College, where she is currently displayed.

Not least interesting was the life-size model of the Caird which the Maritime Museum now displays in atmospheric, subtly-lit surroundings.

Outside, the visitors were able to enjoy the airy atmosphere of the outdoor-feel, glass-roofed courtyard which houses the coffee bar, and to socialise amid the quite remarkable atmosphere of the Queen's House, in which the museum is housed.

The Queen's House was commissioned in 1616 by Anne of Denmark, wife of James I. James was often at the Tudor Palace of Greenwich, located where the Old Royal Naval College now stands. Anne commissioned Inigo Jones (1573–1652) to design a new pavilion for her as a place of private retreat and hospitality, adjoining the Royal Park. It was his first major commission and the first fully Classical (Palladian) building in England. Reflecting Renaissance ideals, the House's design was revolutionary. Leading European painters were commissioned to provide decorative ceiling panels and Classical sculpture was provided from Charles I's Gonzaga collection.

It survived under the Commonwealth as an official government residence, while the Tudor palace on the riverside fell into decay. After the Restoration Charles II refitted and extended the House for his mother Henrietta Maria's temporary use before she moved to Somerset House. Later the Willem van de Veldes, father and son Dutch marine artists, lived here and at Charles II's instancing founded the English school of marine painting. Replacement of most of its original windows in the 18th century with Georgian sashes gave it its more modern external appearance.

The Maritime Museum was in fact endowed by another Sir James Caird: not the Jute manufacturer who gave such valuable assistance to Shackleton and is honoured to this day as the major endower of his home city of Dundee; but the eminent and long-lived ship-owner Sir James Caird of Glenfarquhar (Fordoun, Aberdeenshire, 1864-1954), from 1903 sole partner and owner of the Scottish Shire Line. His membership and support of the Society for Nautical Research led in the 1920s to him providing the heftiest donation towards the repair and restoration of Nelson's ship HMS Victory), giving an initial donation of £50,000 to which he added a further £15,000. He also was responsible for trying to save HMS Implacable, the other last survivor of the Battle of Trafalgar.

When the Royal Hospital School vacated its buildings in Greenwich in 1933, the opportunity arose to activate a plan for a national museum of the sea. Sir James Caird offered to fund the entire cost of renovation and rebuilding (some £80,000 and also purchased a wide range of historical artifacts, rare books, globes, nautical instruments, artwork, and shipmodels estimated at the time to be worth some £300,000, a huge sum.

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth opened the NMM in April 1937; and even after the opening of the museum, Sir James Caird continued for the rest of his long life to donate items and energetically to support its work.

It was particularly interesting to hear of the curative and restorative work done by the dedicated and well-qualified Museum staff on books and other maritime artefects, not least those connected with exploration in the extremes of the world, including the Poles.

Curators and experts were on hand to advise and had prepared a special display, which included mementoes of the Nimrod and Quest expeditions, on the last of which Sir Ernest Shackleton himself died on 5 January 1922 at the age of 47.

One item which caught the imagination was a collection of medical instruments carried and used by Dr. Alexander Macklin, with James McIlroy one of the two doctors aboard Endurance, and also the doctor who attended Shackleton upon his death aboard the Quest in January 1922.

A well-chosen selection of books and maps of interest to Shackleton aficianados had also been considerately prepared.

Close by was the famous Royal Naval College, dating from the late Stuart (William and Mary) era, established by Royal Charter in 1694 for the relief and support of seamen and their dependents, planned by Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723) in 1694 and completed during the 18th century by Hawksmoor, Vanbrugh and James ‘Athenian’ Stuart, with its magnificent and world-famous Painted Hall and splendidly painted chapel.

It was at the Naval College and in the chapel that the funeral of Shackleton's old comrade, skipper and navigator Frank Worsley (1872-1943), who during later life in the 1930s and 1940s was a lecturer at the College, took place.

The delightful welcome and hospitality furnished by the Director of the National Maritime Museum was much enjoyed and the museum and its uniquely handsome and historic Greenwich environs made a perfect day's experience which both Societies greatly appreciated and enjoyed.

 

'TOM CREAN'S STORY' AT LIVERPOOL

ONE MAN SHOW REVIVES MEMORIES OF IRELAND'S ANTARCTIC HERO

To accompany the new exhibition in Liverpool of Hurley's extraordinary photographs, Endurance - Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure, running from the widely acclaimed one man theatre show 'Tom Crean's Story' offers the chance to find out out more about the incredible tale behind them.

Ideal for younger and older Shackleton enthusiasts alike, and a particularly entertaining and gripping introduction for children of school age, 'Tom, Crean's Story' will be staged in the first floor performance space of the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

The dates and times of performance run through October and November 2010 into December, and will be as follows:

Sunday 3 October 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30pm
Saturday 9 October 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30pm
Saturday 16 October 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30pm
Saturday 23 October 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30pm
Wednesday 27 October 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30pm
Saturday 30 October 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30pm
Saturday 6 November 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30pm
Monday 8 November 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30pm
Saturday 13 November 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30pm
Saturday 20 November 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30pm
Saturday 27 November 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30pm
Saturday 4 December 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30pm
Saturday 11 December 2010 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30pm

Not to be missed!

 

SHACKLETON EXHIBITION AT THE FRENCH MUSEUM OF MARITIME HISTORY

9 DEC 2006 TO 30 JUNE 2007

The Shackleton exhibition at the French Museum of Maritime History, Rochefort
In partnership with the Scott Polar Research Institute, La Corderie Royale - Centre International de la Mer is organising an exhibition entitled "Surviving the ice: Ernest Shackleton towards the South Pole, 1914-1917" ("Survivants des glaces: Ernest Shackleton vers le Pôle Sud, 1914-1917")in the historic arsenal of Rochefort, France.

On the ice
The SPRI has generously loaned a number of artefacts relating to Sir Ernest Shackleton's expeditions, including a tins of provisions specially prepared for the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition and a copy of Shackleton's chart of the route to South Pole, drawn by Frank Debenham for use on the Terra Nova Expedition, 1910-13.

Details of the Exhibition at the SPRI site

For those interested in a site on the Antarctic full of information about the history of exploration, the continent's Geographical and Natural features, climate, travel and even the Political landscape, a visit to 'Antarctique: Sejours, Vacances, Voyage', a Swiss site in French, is to be recommended.

Exhibition details at the La Corderie Royale Museum website

Headed 'Sejour en Antarctique', the site brings together on a single extended page many useful facts and figures about the Continent which so caught the imagination of Ernest Shackleton and many others from the continents of the globe - Europe, America, Australia and Asia.

A good deal of additional information on Antarctica and the various expeditions can be gleaned from the French Transpolair website.

 

SHACKLETON IN MUSIC

Paul Moxon, composer of
Paul Moxon, a composer who has already composed a Titanic Suite, has recently completed an exciting Shackleton-related project: a new orchestral work telling the story of Shackleton's "Endurance" expedition. The 40 minute Suite is for orchestra and solo voice. The third movement is entitled The James Caird ('Farewell/ Against the Might of the Sea/ Hope Fulfilled'). Plans are now afoot for both a World Premiere in 2008 and a recording of the new work.

Paul has contacted the JCS Forum to say that for those who would like a sneak preview, one of the main themes, "On the Seas", can be found at www.myspace.com/pwmoxon The extract is taken from the first movement of "Endurance" and describes Shackleton's great ship as she ploughs through the South Atlantic towards the Weddell Sea and a meeting with destiny.

Listen to the musical extract from "Endurance"

He adds "I wanted it to have a lot of movement in the music with a strong and rousing nautical feel but at the same also convey a sense of mystery and uncertainty as they head towards the great unknown. "On the Seas" was actually one of the earliest themes written for the piece and the motif is revisited throughout "Endurance"."



 

TOM CREAN SHOW CROSSES THE IRISH SEA

Aidan Dooley's acclaimed one-man show, 'Tom Crean - Antarctic Survivor', is to cross the Irish Sea and visit this autumn's Canterbury Festival in England.

Aidan Dooley as Tom  Crean
This colourful and realistic evocation of one of Shackleton's closest comrades has been acclaimed both in Dublin, where it won the Festival Fringe Best Actor Award in 2003, and also in New York, where it picked up the International Fringe Award for Best Solo Performance.

At Edinburgh this summer Aidan triumphed once again, winning first prize in the Scotsman Fringe Awards, and the Sunday Times Award for best solo show of the Festival. His show was nominated as outstanding solo production in the Boston Theatre Critics' Elliot Norton awards. The Irish Times called his performance a 'magnetic revelation of a fascinating character'.

Aidan's Canterbury performance will take place at St. Mary's Hall Studio Theatre, The Borough (near/opposite the Cathedral Mint Yard Gate) on Thursday 19 October at 7.30. 01227 378188 (Tickets: £10).

Details of all Aidan's performances can be found at his Tom Crean website, where information about how to book 'Tom Crean - Antarctic Survivor' is also given for interested societies and bodies.

'Tom Crean' yarning: Aidan Dooley in action
Visit the website of 'Tom Crean - Antarctic Survivor'

Read the reviews of Aidan's performances

 

BRITISH ANTARCTIC SURVEY MUSICAL EVENT

THURSDAY 23 SEPTEMBER

A new electro-acoustic composition received its première at the Natural History Museum's Darwin Centre on Thursday 23 September 2004 at 7.30 p.m.

Antarctica - Musical Images from the Frozen Continent is a unique piece of music created using field recordings from composer Craig Vear's visit to Antarctica with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).

Thanks to a new fellowship created from a partnership between BAS and Arts Council England, Craig Vear spent three months living and working with scientists and support staff at four of the BAS research stations and on its Royal Research Ship James Clark Ross in 2003/4.

In doing so, he followed in the footsteps of the present Master of the Queen's Music, composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

'This piece,' says Vear 'reflects my experiences in one of the world's last great wildernesses. I was greatly influenced by my interactions with scientists researching into ways in which the Antarctic directly affects our environment. It has changed my life and the way in which I view our planet"

Tickets for the work's première are free, but are on a first come first served basis. Telephone the Darwin Centre booking line on 0207 942 5555 for details.

 

SOUTH - ON THE SCOTIA

In July 2002 the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland gave the premiere of a new work, South, by the acclaimed young composer from Dundee, Gordon McPherson.

McPherson's orchestral work was jointly commissioned by NYOS and the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (of which Shackleton was secretary from 1904-7, prior to leading his Nimrod expedition) to mark the centenary of the voyage of the Scotia. It was performed at venues from Kirkwall, Glasgow, Birmingham and Amsterdam.

Also emerging from the jointly-commissioned musical work was an Education Programme designed to create an awareness of the Antarctic environment using the Scotia expedition as a stimulus for creative work and curriculum-related classroom study.

An important element of the programme was the implementation of a sensory theatre drama project that communicates the magic of discovery to Primary School children and to children with Learning Disabilities. Talks, workshops and information packs are being offered to schools in 2003-04 and the programme will culminate in a series of events at local and national level.



 

A SHACKLETON POEM

What the Ice Gets : Shackleton's Expedition 1914-16. This Shackleton poem by Melinda Mueller (of which she gave a public reading at Shackleton's old school, Dulwich College) has been published by Van West & Company (Seattle): 95 pp, wrappers, ISBN 0-9677021-1-9, price $US 14).

Upon viewing the Shackleton exhibit at New York's American Museum of Natural History it occurred to Melinda Mueller that "no one had ever written the Endurance story as a poem. It is, after all, an epic tale of heroic and motley characters in a fabulous landscape. I thought, also, that writing such a poem would give me another opportunity to keep company with this story."

"Both passionate and precise, this is a moving and powerful telling of one of the last century's greatest voyages. The ice has found a worthy poet," wrote Andrea Barrett, author of The Voyage of the Narwhal.

Interestingly, an earlier poem relating to the expedition (Shackleton's own poetic writings apart) does in fact exist : Douglas Stewart's Worsley Enchanted (1952), which appeared in his Collected Poems 1936-1967, Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1967).

 

SHACKLETON AND ANTARCTIC POETRY

Some interesting information on Poetry relating to the Antarctic, including news of a planned new anthology and a request for help, appears on the Antarctic Circle site.

The Dulwich Exhibition catalogue Shackleton, The Antarctic and Endurance contains a fascinating extended essay by the exhibition's curator and the James Caird Society's Vice-President, Dr.Jan Piggott, on Shackleton's own literary interests.

 

A NEW ANTARCTIC SYMPHONY

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's Antarctic Symphony (Symphony no.8), commissioned by the British Antarctic Survey for the Philharmonia Orchestra to celebrate a century of British Antarctic Exploration since 1901, received its world premiere at the Royal Festival Hall in London on Sunday 6th May 2001 , with further performances at the de Montfort Hall, Leicester, the Theatre Royal, Brighton, as part of the Brighton Festival and the St Magnus Festival, Orkney Islands.

The B.A.S. commission imposed an unusual demand on the composer, namely that he should visit the Antarctic with the British Antarctic Survey to draw inspiration for writing the music. Sir Peter made the five day voyage from the Falkland Islands aboard the RRS James Clark Ross, travelling down the Antarctic Peninsula to Rothera Research Station, where he stayed from December l997 to January 1998.

Notes from a Cold Climate, Sir Peter's diary of his Antarctic Trip, featuring many striking colour pictures of Rothera and Antarctica, was published by Browns Publishers in May 2001.

A First Day Cover was issued by British Antarctic Territories to commemorate the world premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's Antarctic Symphony (Symphony No.8) by the British Antarctic Survey in celebration of a century of British Antarctic Exploration 1901-2001. (More details on the 'Stamps' page.)

 

ENDURANCE - NOT IN ICE BUT OF ICE

The Science Museum of Minnesota recently hosted an award-winning sponsored carving in ice of Shackleton's Endurance by ice sculpter John Franks. 20 blocks of ice were converted into a most impressive sculpture.

 

ANTARCTICA MUSICAL

The first Antarctic musical, Great Scott!, had its premiere performance in June at the King's School in Parramatta, Sydney, with an orchestra and 90 voices.

A theatrical presentation of Scott's tragic polar party, it is the work of composer David Jensen and writer David Burke. Frank Debenham and Griffith Taylor, scientists with Scott's expedition, were students of the school, and items associated with them were displayed at the theatre for the performance.

Extracts from Scott's diary, Antarctic slide scenes and a narration by Frank Debenham helped unfold the story of Scott's doomed march to the pole.

David Burke has made four trips to the Antarctic, and is the author of Monday at McMurdo, and more recently, Moments of Terror : The Story of Antarctic Aviation. It was hoped the musical Great Scott! would tour in eastern Australia, and a video may also become available. (Details from Polar Whispers, the newsletter of the New Zealand Antarctic Society, Issue 7, June 1996).

 

STRIKING NEW PORTRAIT OF SIR ERNEST SHACKLETON BY TREVOR MILL

RUGGED AND FORCEFUL

The artist Trevor Mill has written to draw attention to his striking new portrait of Sir Ernest Shackleton.
He writes that a patron of his is an avid fan of the explorer, and wanted a portrait of Shackleton that might hang in his study.
Trevor explains that he himself had read Shackleton's book South, the story of the Endurance expedition, as a teenager, and so well understood the liking and admiration for this extraordinary man.
He also, he says, found the James Caird Society website 'a real help' in researching the life and unique character of the explorer.
The painting and large sketch of Shackleton are now proudly displayed alongside his previous painting of Sir Winston Churchill.
'Since creating this work,' Trevor adds, 'I have now found out that many of my friends cited him as a personal hero.'


 

RUGGED AND FORCEFUL

The artist Trevor Mill has written to draw attention to his striking new portrait of Sir Ernest Shackleton.
He writes that a patron of his is an avid fan of the explorer, and wanted a portrait of Shackleton that might hang in his study.
Trevor explains that he himself had read Shackleton's book South, the story of the Endurance expedition, as a teenager, and so well understood the liking and admiration for this extraordinary man.
He also, he says, found the James Caird Society website 'a real help' in researching the life and unique character of the explorer.
The painting and large sketch of Shackleton are now proudly displayed alongside his previous painting of Sir Winston Churchill.
'Since creating this work,' Trevor adds, 'I have now found out that many of my friends cited him as a personal hero.'


 

RUGGED AND FORCEFUL

The artist Trevor Mill has written to draw attention to his striking new portrait of Sir Ernest Shackleton.
He writes that a patron of his is an avid fan of the explorer, and wanted a portrait of Shackleton that might hang in his study.
Trevor explains that he himself had read Shackleton's book South, the story of the Endurance expedition, as a teenager, and so well understood the liking and admiration for this extraordinary man.
He also, he says, found the James Caird Society website 'a real help' in researching the life and unique character of the explorer.
The painting and large sketch of Shackleton are now proudly displayed alongside his previous painting of Sir Winston Churchill.
'Since creating this work,' Trevor adds, 'I have now found out that many of my friends cited him as a personal hero.'


 

RUGGED AND FORCEFUL

https://trevormill.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/ernest-shackleton-a-portrait/
The artist Trevor Mill has written to draw attention to his striking new portrait of Sir Ernest Shackleton.

Trevor writes that a patron of his is an avid fan of the explorer, and wanted a portrait of Shackleton that might hang in his study.

He explains that he himself had read Shackleton's book South, the story of the Endurance expedition, as a teenager, and so well understood the liking and admiration for this extraordinary man.

He also, he says, found the James Caird Society website 'a real help' in researching the life and unique character of the explorer.

visit Trevor's website for information on the Shackleton portrait

The painting and large sketch of Shackleton are now proudly displayed alongside his previous painting of Sir Winston Churchill.

'Since creating this work,' Trevor adds, 'I have now found out that many of my friends cited him as a personal hero.'

This bold and strongly conceived new portrait of Shackleton, showing the strains and tensions of polar exploration, is heartily to be welcomed.


 

RUGGED AND FORCEFUL

The artist Trevor Mill has written to draw attention to his striking new portrait of Sir Ernest Shackleton.
He writes that a patron of his is an avid fan of the explorer, and wanted a portrait of Shackleton that might hang in his study.
Trevor explains that he himself had read Shackleton's book South, the story of the Endurance expedition, as a teenager, and so well understood the liking and admiration for this extraordinary man.
He also, he says, found the James Caird Society website 'a real help' in researching the life and unique character of the explorer.
The painting and large sketch of Shackleton are now proudly displayed alongside his previous painting of Sir Winston Churchill.
'Since creating this work,' Trevor adds, 'I have now found out that many of my friends cited him as a personal hero.'


 

RUGGED AND FORCEFUL

The artist Trevor Mill has written to draw attention to his striking new portrait of Sir Ernest Shackleton.
He writes that a patron of his is an avid fan of the explorer, and wanted a portrait of Shackleton that might hang in his study.
Trevor explains that he himself had read Shackleton's book South, the story of the Endurance expedition, as a teenager, and so well understood the liking and admiration for this extraordinary man.
He also, he says, found the James Caird Society website 'a real help' in researching the life and unique character of the explorer.
The painting and large sketch of Shackleton are now proudly displayed alongside his previous painting of Sir Winston Churchill.
'Since creating this work,' Trevor adds, 'I have now found out that many of my friends cited him as a personal hero.'


 

69 DEGREES SOUTH: A MAJOR SHACKLETON STAGE EVENT

MULTIMEDIA ARTS PROJECT ON SHACKLETON RPREMIERES IN HOLLAND AND THE USA

The puppet display presents a frozen image of the trapped Endurance team
This recent work by the exciting young puppet theatre company Phantom Limb tackles the extraordinary story of Sir Ernest Shackleton's Endurance expedition.

The project was first coeived as part of a residency at the Grant Street Theatre, Southbank, Melbourne, Australia in 2009. To initiate the present run, the company travelled to Groningen, Netherlands for the finished stage premiere at Holland's Noorderzon Festival on 17-21 August 2011. The Grand Theatre in Groningen had been working away for the past 6 months making a 21¡¯ hydraulic puppet shipwreck that collapses in three phases, a flaming life-size skeleton puppet and the entire wardrobe for the show.

Following Noorderzon, 69 Degrees South can be seen in the USA, at EMPAC Performing Arts Center, Troy, New York State (Fri 23 and Sat 24 September); Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College (30 September-1 October) and a New York premiere as part of the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)'s Harvey Theater on 2-5 November.

Antarctica is reconstituted onstage
It will be touring major venues during 2011 and 2012, including Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) as Part of the 2011 Next Wave Festival, Wed 2-Sat 5 November (New York City premiere); Johnson County Community College, Kansas on Fri 11 November; and Keene State College, New Hampshire on 15 February 2012.

69 Degrees South a series of dynamic tableaux vivants inspired by the Antarctic events of 1914-16. Jointly conceived by the Phantom Limb Company (artistic directors: Jessica Grindstaff & Erik Sanko) and the Kronos Quartet (in their second joint collaboration), this narrative installation-in-motion melds theatrical performance, puppetry, photography and film with original contemporary music and an unconventional acoustic palette to create a stunning and unprecedented emotional journey.

Phantom Limb's stage set
69¢ªS. is the nautical location where Endurance sank: the precise coordinates of the crisis. Phantom Limb is interested in looking at what the modern '69¢ªS.' is today - and how we approach it, looking at how to recalibrate our ambitions and goals to have a holistic impact on our community and environment.

In 1914, Shackleton and 27 others set out from South Georgia. Their aim: to be the first team of explorers to cross Antarctica. The following 497 days were harrowing. After Endurance was crushed by the ice and sunk, they embarked on a harrowing journey of survival in the harshest climate on earth.

Universal themes, including the price of knowledge, the inevitability of adversity and struggle and, ultimately, the power of endurance and camaraderie, provide stirring material and resonate powerfully in twenty-first century hearts and minds.

The puppet presentation (now directed by Sophie Hunter) and the project as a whole brings together some of the world's most gifted visual, musical and performance artists so as to bring unknown Antarctica to an audience perhaps unfamiliar with it, reevoking the spirit of forsaking personal glory and individual aspirations for the sake of collective survival.

The production combines a dark aesthetic with fantastic music (one of the founders, Erik Sanko, was in the seminal downtown NYC jazz group, the Lounge Lizards) and the primary focus of this developmental residency will be music for the piece, a collaboration with the outstandingly versatile and inventive Kronos Quartet.



 

 

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