Musicians encouraged to explore their own connections to the conflict
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Composer Patrick Hawes’s new work, The Great War Symphony, commemorates the centenary of the end of the First World War. A recording - featuring soprano Louise Alder, tenor Joshua Elliott, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain – is available to buy now, while the live premiere takes place on Tuesday at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
During the recording of the four movement work, which Hawes describes as ‘a musical monument in memory of all those who gave their lives during the first world war’, all involved were encouraged to find out about connections between their own families and the War. Some of the musicians share the artefacts and memories which had helped draw them closer to the experiences of those involved in the conflict.
The Great War Symphony receives its live premiere at London's Royal Albert Hall on October 9, a concert in aid of the armed forces charity SSAFA and its American premiere at Carnegie Hall on Armistice Day ityself, November 11