Earlier this week, Mr Nick Nelson, Head of History of Art and Director of Culture, welcomed Dominic Cotter, of BBC Radio Gloucestershire, to Cheltenham College for a radio discussion in College Chapel. This will be broadcast in the week commencing Monday 20 June. Nick is a regular on Dominic’s radio programme, rounding up the arts events in Gloucestershire and further afield.
Using the recently printed Chapel brochure, written by Mr Nelson and Mrs Christine Leighton, College Archivist, as a prompt for discussion, Dominic toured the interior and exterior of the Chapel, pausing at the Wilson window, to discuss the legendary Old Cheltonian; poring over his original sketchbooks with Mrs Leighton.
Given the numerous references in the Chapel to the former Cheltonians who lost their lives in the Great War, discussion inevitably turned to commemoration and reflection in another key centenary year. Later in the year, the College will host a significant First World War exhibition in Thirlestaine Long Gallery, which will be open to the public from Monday 7 - Saturday 12 November. This exhibition will be the third commemorative exhibition in a series of remembrance at the College, in respect of nearly 700 Old Cheltonians who died in the First World War.
Once Mr Nelson and Dominic had looked ahead to arts events for the remainder of the Summer Term, including Grant Ford’s imminent talk on picture dealing at Sotheby’s on Tuesday 14 June and Alex Ffinch’s organ recital on Wednesday 15 June, their reflections turned to the Autumn Term Arts Programme at College, featuring the annual Heritage Open Day and, notably, the Dream of Gerontius to be performed in College Chapel. Dominic’s visit concluded with a tour of College with Lower Sixth Form students Amelia Fair (L6, A) and Jack Burns (L6, NH) who proved to be excellent hosts for Dominic and ambassadors for the College as a whole.