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Lest we Forget

Date: 03 November 2018

Location: NEC Birmingham National Exhibition Center, North Ave, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT

Time: 18:00 - 21:00

The First National Children’s Remembrance Concert

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To mark the 100th anniversary of the ending of the first World War on November 3rd 2018 over 2500 children will be performing in the first ever National Children’s Remembrance Concert at the Genting Arena in Birmingham.

Children from across the country will perform music, song and drama to commemorate and remember the tens of millions of combatants and civilians from across the world who died in that terrible war including an estimated 540,000 children.

There will be a choir of over 2000 children dressed so as to represent two giant poppies and an orchestra of 180 Young Musicians is made up of members of the Birmingham Schools’ and Ealing Youth Orchestras.

The music, songs and associated images have been carefully selected and sequenced to tell the story of the war so as to extend factual knowledge and understanding of the war and to enhance empathy for all who were affected by it and its consequences. There will be moments of joy and moments of sadness, of emotion and reflection, of pathos and hope, and of remembrance and gratitude. It will be above all a concert for all and which commemorates and remembers all.

Concert Director and Founder Ron Dawson said: ‘It is important to remember all of those who were affected by World War I, whether they were combatants from anywhere in the world, their families, their children or their friends and neighbours'. I hope this concert will change the way we commemorate remembrance forever and inspire an interest and understanding of remembrance in the next generation.’

Performers include a mass choir of over 2000 children, an orchestra of 180 Young Musicians, the National Pipe Band of England (debut), the Sandwell Youth Brass Band, the Birmingham Schools Guitar Ensemble, the Leicestershire Show Choir, performers from Wales, Norfolk, Bournemouth and Sutton Coldfield and a Parade of 57 Flags by Scouts and Guides.

Tickets are on sale for £15 from Ticket Factory website - https://bit.ly/2NEOHe5

The concert is supported by the DCLG, The Big Lottery, Arts Council England and the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music.

 

Information on the performers:

  • The orchestra of 180 Young Musicians is made up of members of the Birmingham Schools’ and Ealing Youth Orchestras.
  • The concert has led to the creation of a National Pipe Band of England comprising over 60 young Pipers and Drummers. The concert will be the Band’s debut public performance and will be playing music to commemorates Scotland’s participation and sacrifice.
  • 22 young players from Birmingham Schools’ Guitar ensemble will perform ‘Cavatina’ to remember the estimated 16 million animals that were killed as participants in the war.
  • Scouts and Guides from the West Midlands will form a Parade of 56 Flags to represent the nations, states and peoples who were involved in the conflict.
  • Fourteen year old explorer Scout and bugler Luke Harris-Smith will play the ‘Last Post’ as part of the Concert’s final Remembrance.
  • Pupils from Bishop Vesey School in Sutton Coldfield will present a sequence to acknowledge that support for the war was not unqualified or universal.

 

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 the Armistice bringing the hostilities of the first World War to an end was signed. This war was perhaps the deadliest conflict in human history with over 40 million people being killed or wounded as a direct consequence. A year later the tradition of Remembrance Day was inaugurated with the purpose to remember and commemorate those who had died in what was often referred to as 'the War to end all Wars'. Whilst Remembrance Day has continued year upon year, the hope that the war would bring an end to all wars has still to be realised. If that hope is ever to be fulfilled it must be planted and nurtured within the hearts of everyone, but most importantly within the hearts of today's children.


This first National Children's Remembrance Concert will, through music, song and drama, remember and pay homage to the sacrifice of all who fought and died in that terrible War. It will also seek to instil anew the hope of an end to all war. To achieve these purposes the concert will bring together over 2500 children from across England and Wales, each and every one to play an active and vital role within it. Our ambition for these children, and for all those who come to see and hear them, is that the concert will be a memorable experience and that the homage, hope and message of the Concert will remain forever within their hearts.


The focal point of the concert will be a Mass choir of over 2000 children dressed to resemble two giant poppies. They will be supported by an Orchestra of 160 Young Musicians from the B’Ham Youth and Ealing Youth Orchestras, the National Youth Pipe and Drum Band (debut), the Sandwell Youth Brass Hand, B’ham Acoustic Guitar Group, The Leicestershire Show Choir, the Hywel Girls’ choir and Hywel Boy Singers plus Angelicus Celtis, performers from Norfolk, Bournemouth and Sutton Coldfield and a Parade of 57 Flags by Scouts and Guides.
Music will include Mars, Nimrod, Cavatina, Silent Night, Hymn to the Fallen and popular songs from the trenches and home front. The Concert pays homage to the 40 million military and civilian deaths and casualties of all nations including the 540,000 children killed, to the role and sacrifices by women and non-combatants, and will also pay tribute to the many millions of animals that were killed in the conflict including nearly 8 million horses and mules. Large Screens will be used.


The music, songs and associated images have been carefully selected and sequenced to tell the story of the war so as to extend factual knowledge and understanding of the war and to enhance empathy for all who were affected by it and its consequences. There are moments of joy and moments of sadness, of emotion and reflection, of suffering and survival, and of remembrance and gratitude. It will be above all a concert for all and which commemorates and remembers all.

Cost: £15