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Flowers of the Forest

Saturday 10th November  2018 at 7.30 pm 

Church of St Mary, Church Street, Bishops Lydeard, TA4 3AT


A sequence of music and readings to mark the First World War Armistice in 1918

This celebration programme looks at seven themes that were very much part of The Armistice and the months and years that followed:-

  1.  The Armistice: joy and numbness
  2. Loss
  3.  The Peace
  4.  Lost Youth
  5.  The Personal Cost
  6.  A Nation Remembers
  7.  Past, Present and Future

The programme includes Hymns sung in celebration services, readings taken from newspapers, and personal accounts of the time. Featuring music by Stanford, Vaughan Williams, Elgar and others, as well as the traditional Scottish pipe melody Flowers of the Forest, a tune often used for the burial of a soldier killed in modern warfare.

The larger part of the programme deliberately uses music written by composers who were alive in 1918, or in the case of George Butterworth, had died during the Battle of The Somme in 1916. Several pieces are by composers of other periods of time, but who set words that are pertinent to this commemoration.

More recently composed music will also be performed. Peter Aston (1938-1995) used a musical phrase from The Last Post to inspire his 1976 setting of words from Pericles' funeral oration given in Athens 431 BC. So They Gave Their Bodies to The Commonwealth. Malcolm Archer also combined a trumpet playing The Last Post, with a Choral setting of one of Sir Winston Churchill's most famous epigraphs: In war: resolution. In defeat: defiance. In victory: magnanimity. In peace: goodwill.

Since the Dunkirk Memorial Home (A Royal British Legion Care Home) is nearby, there will be an opportunity to donate to a collection for the Royal British Legion, The Phoenix Singers are pleased to announce that a donation will also be made from ticket sales.

Andrew Maddocks, our current Music Director, has decided to relinquish the post after 22 years. Flowers of the Forest will be his last concert as conductor. Andrew hopes that many of you with family and friends can be present.









Future Events



Festival Service of Nine Lessons & Carols 

Saturday 22nd December 2018

6.30 pm

 St John the Evangelist Church, Taunton TA1 4DG



Watch this space for  further details 





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