Concerts

With the centenary of World War 1, there are many concerts both professional and amateur taking place to commemorate the war, many of which include works by the "War Composers". This page often contains information about forthcoming concerts which have been brought to my attention and have a primary focus on the classical music of WW1 and feature pieces mentioned on this site.

Lauryna Sableviciute - Armistice 100 - Unforgotten Lines

The pianist Lauryna Sableviciute presents a Unforgotten Lines, a portrait and commemorative concert featuring the music of Cecil Coles (1888-1918) at the University of Glasgow Concert Hall on Thursday 18 October 2018 from 13:10 - 14:00. The concert will also include a new work by Scottish composer Tom Harrold written in remembrance of Cecil Coles.

Britten Sinfonia - The Last Letter

The Britten Sinfonia, conducted by Thomas Gould, are joined by baritone Jonathan McGovern for a sequence of World War I music and poetry called The Last Letter devised by Dr Kate Kennedy. The concert will feature Ivor Gurney's The Western Playland, Frederick Kelly's Elegy in Memoriam Rupert Brooke, Maurice Ravel's Le tombeau de Couperin and Rudi Stephan's Nachspiel, as well as a new work The Last Letter by Nico Muhly and Samuel Barber's ever-popular Adagio for Strings.

The concerts will be held in St Andrew’s Hall in Norwich, Milton Court in London and Saffron Hall in Saffron Walden from the 8-10 November 2018 respectively at 7.30pm.

Northern Delaware Oratorio Society - Remembering the Great War

The Northern Delaware Oratorio Society conducted by Dr. Mark Reagan is performing a concert called Remembering the Great War on 11th November 2018 at 3.00pm in St Paul's Lutheran Church in Newark, Delaware, U.S.A.

The concert will feature many rarely-heard pieces by many of the British composers featured on this site, including works by George Jerrard Wilkinson, William Denis Browne, E.J. Moeran, Ivor Gurney and George Butterworth. Also in the concert is a rare opportunity to hear Sir Edward Elgar's Spirit of England, including his setting of Binyon's "To the Fallen".

Vocalium - 1918: Remembrance, Peace and Light

Chamber choir Vocalium will commemorate 100 years since Armistice Day with a concert of music and readings called 1918: Remembrance, Peace and Light at the Welsh Church of Central London on 10th November at 7:30pm. Featuring works by George Butterworth, Ivor Gurvey, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Maurice Ravel.

Harrogate Festival Hall - Restoration Trust concert

A grand concert of music with special connections to Harrogate will be held on 15th November at the newly-restored Harrogate Festival Hall The concert will particularly focus on choral works by Hubert Parry (who opened the Royal Hall in 1903), but most excitingly will also include a brand new orchestral reconstruction of Ernest Farrar's choral work The Blessed Damozel, which must be the first performance of this work this century; particularly appropriate given the centenary of his death.

Other planned works include the early Severn Rhapsody for orchestra by Farrar's pupil Gerald Finzi and the Yorkshire composer Arthur Wood's much-loved "Barwick Green".

These concerts are mentioned purely for information so readers may hear works by the War Composers performed live, but (with the exception of the Gallipoli Music Memorial), this website is not connected with these concerts and inclusion is entirely at the writer's discretion. robert@warcomposers.co.uk