Heroes for Peace
A Concert in Commemoration of the heroes of Northamptonshire during World War I
Sunday 11 November 2018 at 7:30pm
  Date:  Sunday 11 November 2018
  Time: 7:30pm
  Venue:  Royal & Derngate, Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1DP
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A CONCERT IN COMMEMORATION of the heroes of Northamptonshire during the First World War on the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.

The Northampton Bach choir is delighted to be taking part in a very special concert arranged by the Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire and marking the centenary of the Armistice on 11th November 1918. Following the lighting of a cresset at 7.00pm outside All Saint’s Church by the Bishop of Peterborough and the Lord Lieutenant the first half of the evening’s concert, commencing at 7.30pm, will include a sequence of readings, visuals and poems commemorating firstly three local sporting heroes including Edgar Mobbs and Walter Tull. The second section will focus on the Northamptonshire Regiment which suffered such huge losses in the Battle of the Somme, and the third section will look at the effect of the war on those who remained at home, including the boot & shoe industry, the nurses, and the women who stayed behind. The Northampton Male Voice Choir, conducted by Stephen Bell, will contribute a number of songs from the period, and the readers will include local historian Graham McKechnie, Dr Helen Stringer, Head Teacher of Northampton Girls High School and David Laing the Lord Lieutenant.

In the second half of the concert the Bach Choir will be joined by the Daventry Choral Society and members of Earls Barton Music to perform music by two knights of the realm, Sir Karl Jenkins and Sir Hubert Parry. Jenkins’ The Armed Man: a Mass for Peace was composed in 1999, and since then it has already notched up over one thousand performances across the globe. For this Commemoration concert the choir perform the half-hour long Choral Suite, followed by David Bednall’s setting of Siegfried Sassoon’s poem Everyone Sang and the concert concludes with Parry’s great setting of William Blake’s visionary poem Jerusalem sung by the choirs and audience together. The second half will be conducted by Lee Dunleavy.

The concert will be presented by John Griff of BBC Radio Northampton.


Featuring: Graham McKechnie (BBC Radio Northampton), John Griff (BBC Radio Northampton), Dr Helen Stringer, Head Teacher (Northampton Girls High School), David Laing (Lord-Lieutenant).

Northampton Male Voice Choir
Northampton Bach Choir
Daventry Choral Society

Conductor –
Lee Dunleavy

Sir Karl Jenkins – The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace (Choral Suite)
David Bednall – Everyone Sang
Sir C. Hubert H. Parry – Jerusalem