The performances of “Ipswich Remembers” on Saturday 17 March at Ipswich Corn Exchange, brings to an end a two year community project for Ipswich Choral Society and their Music Director, Robin Walker. Marking the centenary of the end of the First World War, the project sees different Ipswich Arts groups coming together to create a thought-provoking and moving commemoration. With “Ipswich Remembers” the audience hears the personal stories of Ipswich people, at home and on the front line during the Great War.
Inspired by music hall songs, a new musical commission by Huw Morgan performed by Ipswich Choral Society portrays a snapshot of Ipswich life from 1914 to 1918, with dance choreographed by independent dance artist Mary Davies. Interspersed are readings such as letters by soldiers to their loved ones at home and poetry, written by members of Suffolk Poetry Society.
The performance concludes with “Eternal Light: A Requiem” by Howard Goodall (composer of TV themes for QI, The Vicar of Dibley, and more), which weaves the Requiem texts with moving and beautiful poetry. Joining Ipswich Choral Society and their Music Director Robin Walker will be 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.” Howard Goodall CBE November 2017
Tickets are still available to join this wonderful commemoration, remembering the people in the Ipswich region who gave so much in the Great War, both at home and on the battlefields, by today’s people of Ipswich.
Commemorating local stories from the Great War of 1914-18 and featuring ‘Eternal Light: A Requiem’ by Howard Goodall
Saturday 17 March 2018, 2.30pm / 7.30pm
Ipswich Corn Exchange
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)
Ipswich Choral Society Registered Charity Number 278866.
“Ipswich Remembers” is supported by Arts Council England National Lottery funding.