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.

Cecil Coles and Friends

Concert pianist Lauryna Sableviciute will be performing piano works by a large number of composers featured on this site in a concert called Cecil Coles and Friends on April 28th. Lauryna has recently recorded the complete Cecil Coles piano music, which will be issued later this year.

The concert also features works by George Butterworth, Ivor Gurney, Francis Purcell Warren and Ernest Farrar plus a new piano work by the young scottish composer Tom Harrold. The concert is free and will be performed in Cross Street Chapel, Manchester, M2 1NL on Saturday April 28th at 7:30pm.

Roderick Williams & Iain Burnside

On Saturday 5th May 2018, Roderick Williams (baritone) and Iain Burnside (piano) perform a sequence of WW1-related songs as part of the Woodbridge Chamber Concerts season including Butterworth's Six Songs from Shropshire Lad and Songs of Travel by Vaughan Williams. The concert will be held at St Marys Parish Church, Market Hill, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4LU.

A Celebration of Peace

A Celebration of Peace at Ely Cathedral on 4th July 2018 at 7:30pm brings together a chorus of 300 voices from across the United States with the East Anglia Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Stephen Cleobury and Craig Jessop to perform a concert including Vaughan Williams's Dona Nobis Pacem and Sancta Civitas amongst other works by the composer.

Proms 2018

The BBC Proms 2018 have been announced, and there's a very strong presence of 19th and 20th century British music, from the First Night right through to the Last Night. Prom 17: Parry, Vaughan Williams & Holst is the one that really caught my eye, including not only Vaughan Williams' WW1-inspired Pastoral Symphony but also a very rare performance of Sir Hubert Parry's Symphony No 5.

Parry taught a huge number of the composers featured on this site at the Royal College of Music, and was shattered by the loss of so many of his pupils. The anniversary of his death in 1918 is a focus of this season.

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