A Concert for Peace

Saturday, 10 November 2018 - 7:30pm

As part of Guildford Borough’s weekend of remembrance and commemoration -we are delighted to be hosting this grand community event.

The concert will be very similar to the Festival of Remembrance held at the Royal Albert Hall, and will feature music from Vivace Chorus and the Friary Guildford Band, along with readings by Dame Penelope Keith, HM Lord Lieutenant of Surrey and Col. Patrick Crowley. There will be a military bugler to play The Last Post and an atmospheric and moving poppy drop.

The concert is in aid of the Royal British Legion and the organisation, along with young people from various cadet groups in the area, will present their colours at the start of the concert. We are delighted to welcome the Gordon's School Pipe & Drum Band who will be marching and playing in Guildford High Street from 2:30pm with a concert at 3pm in the GLive foyer.

Alongside the concert, we will be running an afternoon of events at GLive. There will be a Great War display, performances by drum and pipe bands, WWI re-enactors and art and military displays. A video, Guildford in the Great War will also be playing during the afternoon. The afternoon events run from 2.30-5.30pm and are completely free – just turn up on the day.

We are also running a schools’ competition for years 8-11, to find the best poetry and art inspired by the theme of War or Peace. Prizes will be awarded during the evening, with the winning poets getting to read their poem out as part of the concert. If your school is interested in taking part, please email Vivace Chorus Chairman no later than June 8th 2018 to be included.

Tickets for this concert are £20 throughout GLive, and £10 for children, serving military personnel and veterans. Tickets will be available from the GLive booking office from July 2nd 2018.

We’re extremely grateful to Guildford Borough Council, who are our major event partners for the evening and who are also providing the prizes for the schools’ competition, and to the following sponsors of this event:

Aura Care Living
Experience Guildford
Chapters Financial


Music: Readings:

Jenkins: The Armed Man (excerpt)
Williams: Hymn to the Fallen

Macaulay: Many Sisters to many Brothers

Wildhorn: Tell my father
Ogden: We will remember them

Rosenberg: Break of day in the trenches

Holst: Mars from The Planets
Holst: I vow to thee my country (tune from Jupiter)
Walford Davies: Requiem aeternam (from A Short Requiem)

Owen: Anthem for doomed youth

Tippett: Steal Away (from A Child of our Time)
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Tippett: Deep River (from A Child of our Time)

Clare: The Returned Soldier
Elgar: Nimrod (from Enigma Variations) 'The Wipers Times': With the usual apologies
A medley of songs from the First World War 'The Wipers Times': The burning question
Rogers & Hammerstein: You'll never walk alone 'The Wipers Times': Letter from the front
Joplin: Weeping Willow Winning poetry entry
Fauré: In paradisum (from Requiem) The inquisitive mind of a child
Monk: Abide with Me
Parry: I was Glad



Vivace Chorus, Guildford Friary Band, Dame Penelope Keith, HM's Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, the Royal British Legion

Conductor: Jeremy Backhouse

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