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World premiere of All the Hills and Vales Along, and concerts marking Armistice Day Centenary

01 November, 2018 — By Sebastian Taylor

The approach to Armistice Day Centenary on Sunday November 11 is being marked by concerts and perfor­mances of one sort or another.

Particularly notable is the LSO’s concert in the Barbican this coming Sunday evening (November 4). Being performed is the world premiere of James MacMillan’s All the Hills and Vales Along, comm­issioned for the centenary commemorations. The piece remembers the human cost of war by way of musical settings of words by Charles Sorley, a poet killed in 1915, addressing soldiers on their way to the front:

On, marching men, on
To the gates of death
with a song
Give your gladness to
earth’s keeping,
So be glad, when you
are sleeping.

On Tuesday evening (November 6), there’s a special concert in Westminster Abbey. Being performed is the sublime Fauré Requiem together with choral and instrumental works written during and in response to the Great War.

Also on November 6 is a performance of Karl Jenkins’ 1991 piece, The Armed Man, at St Martin-in-the-Fields. The performance launches the Sound of St Martin’s Autumn Festival 2018, marking the centenary of the end of the Great War with a series of concerts for Remembrance-tide.

By way of contrast, on Thursday (November 8), Tunes from the Trenches are being performed by folk singer John Kirkpatrick and his sparkling squeezebox at Cecil Sharp House.

• World premiere James MacMillan’s All the Hills and Vales Along: tenor Ian Bostridge/LSO Chorus/ Noseda, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2, , 7pm, from £16, 020 7638 8891, www.barbican.org.uk
• Armistice Centenary Concert/Fauré Requiem et al: Abbey Choir/CHROMA, Westminster Abbey, 7pm, £12-£45, www.westminster-abbey.org
• Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man + Elgar, Tavener and Vaughan Williams: St Martin’s Chorus & Choral Scholars, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, WC2, 7.30pm, from £9, www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org
• Songs from the two World Wars: John Kirkpatrick and his sparkling squeezebox, Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, Camden Town, NW1 7AY, 7.30pm, £16/under-26s £10, 020 7485 2206, www.cecilsharphouse.org

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