If the spirit and duty of Remembrance is to endure it must be passed from generation to generation.
The aim of this Children’s Concert, to be held on centenary of the ending of World War 1 in 2018, is to engender that spirit and duty and to sustain, renew and develop the remembrance, particularly among children, of those who lived, fought and died in that war. The concert will be performed entirely by up to 3000 children under the age of 18 years and drawn from regions across the UK. The concert will be a Remembrance of ALL who died and/or suffered in the conflict with an emphasis, where possible and relevant, to the suffering and part played by the children living at that time.
The centre piece of the concert will be a mass choir of up to 2000 children dressed so as to represent a giant poppy involving children from Birmingham, Bournemouth and Poole, Coventry, Cardiff, Derbyshire, Dorset, Ealing, Gwent, Hampshire, Leicestershire, Norfolk, Sandwell, Sheffield, Shropshire, Stoke on Trent, Wolverhampton, and Worcestershire.
In addition to the choir, there will a large symphony orchestra formed by a combination of the Birmingham Youth Orchestra and the Ealing Youth Orchestra. There will also be smaller choirs and singers, a young Brass Band, a Pipe and Drum Band, a 20 piece acoustic guitar ensemble, dancers, monologues and readings and a parade of 57 Flags representing the nations and states involved in the war. Reference will given to the fallen in each the four countries making up the United Kingdom at the time of the War, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and the flags of these four will follow the lead of the Union Jack in the Flag Parade.
The concert will tell a story of the war, with a particular focus on the role of, and effects upon, children, and aims to provide a memorable and shared remembrance of allthose who fought, died and suffered as a consequence of that war, including those national and local communities who are often overlooked or forgotten during Remembrance events such as, for example, the colonial Labour Corps. The live performances of the children, contemporary images (including newsreel) and details of important events and facts of the War will be projected upon a number of giant screens.
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The concert is supported by the MHCLG, The Big Lottery, Arts Council England, Services for Education and the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music.