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Film, Sun 22 Sep 2019

George Butterworth: All My Life's Buried Here (Scr

George Butterworth: All My Life's Buried Here (Scr


A special screening during Otley Folk Festival.

ALL MY LIFE'S BURIED HERE tells the story of George Butterworth's life and music from his earliest childhood to his final hours in the violent confusion of the trenches. We follow Butterworth on his forays collecting folk songs to discover what he found when he went out into rural England and how this informed his own music. We discover why Butterworth once described himself as a 'professional morris dancer', and explore what led him to destroy so many of his own compositions before he died. Tracing his journey to its tragic conclusion we go with Butterworth into the trenches of northern France where his participation in increasingly desperate battles on The Somme ultimately cost him his life.

George Butterworth was a leading member of a radical group of composers in the Edwardian years whose music was profoundly influenced by the traditional music of the English rural working class. On his death Butterworth left behind a glowing reputation and a handful of exceptional musical compositions, including such still-popular works as 'The Banks of Green Willow' and 'Rhapsody, 'A Shropshire Lad''. To his close friend Ralph Vaughan Williams he bequeathed his impressive personal collection of over 300 English folk songs, tunes and dances. Inevitably though since the time of his death Butterworth's life and music have suffered from what might be described as 'mythrepresentation': a beguiling mythology, outright misrepresentation, or both – wilful or otherwise.

Now, a century on and for the first time in a documentary film, with a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival material, evocative new footage, and using the testimony of his contemporaries, expert commentators and with music by a host of talented singers and musicians, it is time to tell George Butterworth's story, listen to his music afresh and reconsider his brief but remarkable life.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsFrench signs/guidesGerman signs/guidesOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Sun 22 Sep 2019 15:00 to 00:00


Adults: £7 Courthouse Friends: £6 Online booking fees apply (free in house & on the phone).


Otley Courthouse,
Courthouse Street,
LS21 3AN



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Map reference: SE 202456  Lat: 53.90617 Long: -1.69401

By Car:

Head into Otley town centre on the A660 and follow the signs for the main car park from Briggate. The Courthouse is next door to the main car park.

By Public Transport:

From Leeds take the X84 express bus. Get off the bus at Otley Bus station, and walk through towards Netto. Cross the road at the crossroads and carry straight on. Take the next left and the Courthouse is found half way up Courthouse Street.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Menston station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality