As you may know this year marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice marking the end of the great war. On November 10th and 11th special events will be held in Stoke St Gregory to mark this occasion and recognise the sacrifices made by so many including those from our village
Mid Wessex Singers are giving a concert to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War in St Andrew’s Curry Rivel on Saturday 10 November, at 7:30 pm.
Tickets are £10, with concessions for members of the British Legion and under-18s.
(Phone 01458 274139 or 01458 252372, Email ku.oc.sregnisxessewdimnull@ofni or go to Cobbs, Brunel Precinct, Somerton.)
Further details are available on the home page of midwessexsingers.co.uk.
Freedom, we died for you
The title of this concert to mark 100 years since the end of World War I is taken from the second of Four Epitaphs by John Maxwell Edmonds (1875—1958) and printed in The Times on 6 February 1918. In full it runs: ‘Went the day well? We died and never knew. But, well or ill, Freedom, we died for you.’
Composers writing at the time include Parry, Ernest Farrar (highly thought of by his teacher Stanford, whose Justorum Animae is included), and George Butterworth, both of whose careers were cut short when killed in action. John Ireland’s poignant anthem Greater Love Hath No Man contrasts with popular songs of the day, such as It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, Roses of Picardy and Keep the Home Fires Burning. More recent reflections on the theme are by Bob Chilcott and John Rutter.
The programme is accompanied by a mix of strings, organ and piano.