On Wednesday 12 December, the accomplished University of Exeter Chapel Choir will perform From Flanders as part of their Nine Lessons and Carols at the Mary Harris Memorial Chapel. This special performance of From Flanders marks the centenary of the WWI Armistice. All are welcome at this beautiful and traditional candlelit carol service, which will be followed by free mince pies and mulled wine served downstairs in the University’s Old Library.
Visit the University Chaplaincy website to find out more.
Performances of ‘From Flanders’ are already scheduled for the following dates:
- Wokingham, 9th November 2014
9:30am, St Paul’s Church, Remembrance Day service.
- Exeter, 10th & 11th December 2014
7:30pm, Exeter Cathedral, Exeter Philharmonic Choir carol concerts. More information and tickets from www.exephil.org.uk – book early to avoid disappointment.
Listen to today’s Mike Read show on BBC Radio Berkshire to hear about the piece and its particular connection to Wokingham, available on BBC iPlayer for the next 7 days (mentioned at approximately 01:04:00). With great thanks to Mike Churcher of ‘Wokingham Remembers‘.
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Thinking about what to sing in your Christmas concerts and services this year? In the centenary year of the start of the First World War, sheet music of the new Christmas carol From Flanders is now available to buy online from Recital Music or Spartan Press.
Frederick Niven’s poem tells the story of Christmas in 1914. On Christmas Day, a truce was spontaneously enacted by the two sides fighting in Flanders in World War One. This was five months into the war, which until this point many in Britain had confidently believed would be over by that time. When the two sides lay down their weapons in the name of humanity and met in the middle of no-man’s-land, they would not have realised the bloodshed that was to come as the war dragged on for a further four years – a conflict so atrocious that it came to be known as ‘the war to end all wars’.
This carol conveys the unknowing innocence of those men and the joy of Christmas, yet explores the sinister context in which they met and the future which was to come. Ultimately, the events of the 1914 Christmas truce came to symbolise the universality of hope and peace at Christmas. This carol brings this message into the twenty-first century.
Performances have already been confirmed by Exeter Philharmonic Choir and the choir of St. Paul’s Church, Wokingham.
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Great news: A Carol From Flanders is to be published by Recital Music and will soon be available for purchase. The work, for SATB choir and organ, has been written especially for the centenary of the First World War ‘Christmas Truce’ which famously took place on Christmas Day 1914. If you are starting to think about planning the winter concert programmes for your choir or choral society, this carol would be the perfect way to mark one hundred years since the outbreak of WW1. Do get in touch for more information, as we can provide audio and score samples before you buy, or visit Recital Music.
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Over the next four years, 2014-18, Anna will be writing various musical responses commemorating the centenary of the First World War. The first of these is a Christmas carol which remembers specifically the ‘Christmas Truce’ of 1914, which saw men of both sides meet peacefully in the middle of No Man’s Land to exchange season’s greetings.
Choirs looking for a way of marking the start of WW1 in their programming for Christmas concerts may well be interested in this piece written specifically for performance in 2014. Whilst the carol is currently being composed, please get in touch to register your interest or to ask any questions. If you are interested in other music suitable for commemorating the Great War, take a look at Come Unto Me (SATB), Anthem for Doomed Youth (baritone solo) or get in touch regarding commissions, either vocal or instrumental.
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