Loretto School at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sassoon and Owen at Craiglockhart Hospital: A Centenary Commemoration.

Edinburgh's City Art Centre was the venue for a powerful afternoon of music and words involving Loretto School pupils, Kate, Daniel and Jakob, at a commemoration event marking the centenary of the meeting between the most celebrated and enduring poets of World War 1 - Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen.

Collaboration and peace were the key messages at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe show which saw Loretto School, Craiglockhart War Poets Collection, the Scottish Poetry Library and violin maker Steve Burnett bring together speakers, readers and musicians to tell the story of Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen whose lives intersected for a brief, productive period in 1917-18 during their treatment at Craiglockhart Hydropathic Hospital for shell-shocked soldiers.

The event also saw the first public appearance of The Siegfried Sassoon violin. This very special violin was joined by The Wilfred Owen violin, which was made back in 2014.

Both violins have been made from the same branch of The Craiglockhart sycamore that still grows in the grounds of what was the World War 1 hospital (now part of Edinburgh Napier University).

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