11 November 2018

Footnotes to the Great War: Armistice centenary concert

“In the year that marks the 100th anniversary of the ending of the Great War, there will be few tributes as beautifully constructed or as moving as that given by Bristol’s Gurt Lush and Bristol Man Chorus choirs.”

Five star Bristol Post review.

‘Footnotes’ mirrors Britain’s journey from flag-waving hysteria to numb, sleepwalking disillusionment. It’s a tableau of contrasts – social classes bound by hierarchy but often sharing the same fate in battle; the different war of men and women; the muddy stench of trench warfare and reveries of lush English countryside in gentler times; terror, longing, hope, despair – and the ultimate calamity of a lost generation.

The Suite includes:

  • A specially written piece by local composer Phil Dixon and many new arrangements written especially for the occasion.
  • A long lost Ivor Novello/Fred Weatherly composition dedicated to Bristol’s own volunteer regiment, last performed a century ago in the Colston Hall.
  • Readings between songs, illuminating some less well known historical context.
  • Ruthless recruitment marches, sardonic soldier’s laments, songs from composers and poets that died in the fighting, and more recent works, looking back with the privilege of hindsight.

While not an exhaustive representation, every song tells the story of someone’s war.

There will be further Armistice concerts at:

  • St Pauls Church, Southville – Saturday 20 October, 7.30pm
  • St Albans Church, Westbury Park – Saturday 27 October, 7.30pm
  • St Bartholomomew’s Church, St Andrews – Sunday 4 November, 3pm

For more information on these, please see  Gurt Lush Choir or Bristol MAN Chorus .

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Additional information

Concessions are available with proof of identity for 16-18 year olds, students, people over 65, unemployed people, disabled people (carers free) and Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives.