Between Islands Project, Films 5 & 6 (Orkney)

Between Islands Project, Films 5 & 6 (Orkney)

[Alex MacDonald, coordinator, Between Islands]

This week we are presenting two films on the subject of Scapa Flow in Orkney, where the German Naval fleet was scuttled at the end of the First World War.

Kuno Eversberg’s grave showing the wrong date of his death. It was changed in time for the centenary commemorations on 21st June 2019. Rhonda Muir,

In the first film historian Tom Muir (Orkney Museum) gives a general account of the event and then focuses on a lesser known part of that story, which is the murder of German sailor Kuno Eversberg after the signing of the peace treaty.

The sinking of the battlecruiser SMS Derfflinger, Scapa Flow 21st June 1919. Orkney Library & Archive.

In the second we are pleased to present the first in a series of performances filmed specially for the project by our Between Islands musicians. Appropriately this is by Orcadian Kris Drever, who has recorded Scapa Flow 1919, a song he originally wrote for the BBC series “Ballads of the Great War”.

Scapa Flow 1919 can be purchased on download from Reveal records

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