Commemorating local stories from the Great War of 1914-18 and featuring ‘Eternal Light: A Requiem’ by Howard Goodall
To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, music, dance, poetry and animation combine to create an immersive, thought-provoking and moving event. Remembering the town's part in that conflict with personal stories of Ipswich people, both at home and on the front lines, leading up to and during wartime.
Choreographer Mary Davies, supported by DanceEast, with a community cast from across Ipswich, will enact the stories with music specially commissioned from composer Huw Morgan. The Suffolk Poetry Society and historians from Ipswich Choral Society will recreate the news and people's experiences amongst songs from the war years.
The performance concludes with Ipswich Choral Society and Music Director Robin Walker, performing "Eternal Light: A Requiem" by Howard Goodall. The soloists are soprano Gwendolen Martin and tenor Tom Randle.
This 'enhanced' performance of Eternal Light: A Requiem with its associated project involving so many different creative and participating components in the Ipswich community is a fantastic idea and I wholeheartedly and enthusiastically support it. I am very humbled that my piece is acting as a catalyst in bringing people together to mark the 100th anniversary of the conclusion of World War One, a centenary that reminds us powerfully that there is no hell described in the original Latin Mass for the Dead that is more terrifying than the man-made catastrophe of that conflict. It was that thought that drove me to focus the Dies Irae movement of my Requiem towards the 1915 poem In Flanders Fields by Canadian military doctor John McCrae, who himself died of pneumonia on the Western Front in January 1918. This is the poem that inspired the choice of the poppy as a symbol of Remembrance in the aftermath of the Great War. I send my warmest wishes to all involved in this very special Ipswich Choral Society endeavour.
Tickets £15 (U16s/Students £6) available from the Corn Exchange box office Tel: 01473 433100 and online at www.ipswichcornexchange.com (The IBC Box office booking fee of £1 per ticket is included in these prices)
www.ipswichchoralsociety.org Ipswich Choral Society Registered Charity Number 278866. Ipswich Remembers is supported by Arts Council England National Lottery funding.