Memorial Ground

June 15, 2016 in by mwhiteside


Event Details


Parry – Songs of Farewell (excerpts)

James MacMillen –  Motet 5 (from ‘It Was The Day of Preparation)
David Lang Memorial Ground world premiere

Fife Choirs
SCO Chorus
Gregory Batsleer, director
Theatre of Voices
Paul Hillier, director
Ian Dearden, sound

Tickets £10 (£5 for 7-18 year olds)  |  65 mins, no interval

1 July 2016 marks the centenary of the first day of The Battle of The Somme – 21 weeks of fighting during which around 1.1 million people were killed or injured; approximately the entire combined population of Glasgow and Edinburgh, wounded or dead. To mark the centenary, East Neuk Festival in collaboration with 14-18 NOW, the UK’s official arts programme for the First World War centenary, has commissioned a new piece of choral music from Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang called Memorial Ground, which will be premiered at the festival on 2 July. This performance triggers a UK-wide singing project to inspire choirs across the land to make a performance of Memorial Ground for the weekend of 11-13 November 2016 – the weekend closest to the centenary of the end of the battle.

For this performance, Lang’s new work will be paired with music from 1916, Parry’s Songs of Farewell sung by the SCO Chorus under director Greg Batsleer. Parry was already an old man when war broke out in 1914, and he would not live to see its end. His songs feel very much like a farewell to the world – powerful and poignant.

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Memorial Ground is co-commissioned by East Neuk Festival and 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England and by the Department for Culture Media and Sport, with the support of Creative Scotland.