Voices of Remembrance ring out for Armistice centenary

Fifty schoolchildren from Worcestershire raised the roof at a sell-out charity fundraising concert at Worcester Cathedral on Saturday, November 10 to commemorate the centenary of the World War One Armistice.

Voices of Remembrance was the culmination of a special partnership project between Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra, Worcester Cathedral and the Rivers C of E Academy Trust schools and was sponsored by Worcestershire Ambassadors. 

In the first half of the concert Hymn to the Fallen by John Williams from the film Saving Private Ryan and A Shropshire Lad by George Butterworth were followed by Remember Them, which comprised poems written by children and set to music by composer Laura Rossi, who attended the event.

Ms Rossi’s Voices of Remembrance, an orchestral and choral work featuring readings of World War One poetry, filled the second half. BBC Hereford and Worcester presenter Tammy Gooding narrated the poems, which included works by Wilfred Owen and Rupert Brooke. 

Organiser and WSO member Paul West said: “The concert was a memorable occasion and everyone involved in the planning and organisation of the event was delighted with the outcome. The children were the stars of the show. None of them had sung in public before but they raised the cathedral roof, demonstrating with passion to an audience of almost 500 how they will Remember Them.”

WSO musical director Keith Slade said: “This very moving concert brought all corners of the Worcestershire community together. All performers sang, played and read their hearts out in a truly special evening, it was a humbling experience.”

Kate Brunt, chief executive of the Rivers C of E Academy Trust, added: “It was amazing to watch children from nine different schools rehearse and gel together and perform to such a high standard. Many pupils said they will remember the evening for the rest of their lives.”

Voices of Remembrance raised £2,000 for the Worcestershire branch of SSAFA, The Royal British Legion and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

The event was featured in print and online by the Worcester News and Worcester Observer.