A concert in Hendon to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War will be a musical reflection on the human sensibilities of a time of great world devastation and trauma.
Performed by talented Middlesex University music students, the programme will showcase the powerful impact on a broad range of composers, past and living, and will be punctuated by readings from top war poets and writers.
Middlesex University student composers Denis Christov and the award winning David J Loxley-Blount will have their work premiered. Christov sets a poem by renowned war writer Siegfried Sassoon, while Loxley-Blount’s piece is the prelude of a larger project to set the First World War poetry of Roland Leighton, mainly love poems to his fiancé, Vera Brittain.
The Middlesex Singers Ensemble will perform works by composers including George Butterworth, Edward Elgar, John Ireland and Ivor Gurney. While readings from works by Lawrence Binyon, Vera Brittain, Rupert Brooke and Wilfred Owen will be also be showcased.
The concert will be directed by Middlesex University visiting lecturer of voice Mark Oldfield, he said: “The students have worked incredibly hard to put together what is set to be a fantastic evening. I really enjoy working with such talented musicians, and for student composers David and Denis in particular it will be an important evening.”
Nicholas Chalmers from the Northern Ireland Opera will be on hand as guest organist and there will also be work from Middlesex music lecturer Brian Inglis played.
The free event takes place on Thursday 13 March 2014, 5.30pm at St Mary’s Church, Hendon, NW4 4JT. No booking required.
There will be a collection for the British Legion and Médecins Sans Frontières.