The Perse School

Pupils put on a moving concert for Remembrance Day

13 Nov 2014

On the evening of Remembrance Day 2014, Perse pupils took part in a moving evening of music and spoken word marking the centenary of the outbreak of World War I.

The event, held at Emmanuel United Reformed Church, consisted of music either written during the war, inspired by the war or suitable for an atmosphere of reflection; interspersing this was poems, accounts of Old Perseans and letters read out to the capacity audience.

Highlights included a clarinet quintet played a medley of war-time songs from ‘Oh! It’s A Lovely War,’ while the Bevan Quartet dazzled with a performance of the first movement from Debussy’s String Quartet. The event culminated in the combined forces of the Friends of Perse Choir and the Perse Chorus singing a setting of Laurence Binyon’s For The Fallen by Sir Edward Elgar, first premiered in 1915.

The stirring occasion was a fitting tribute to the men and women who gave their lives in the service of peace, and a testament to, to quote Binyon from his poem, the power of ‘music in the midst of desolation.’

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