On Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th February Northern Devon Learning Communities, Schools and Settings joined together for a collaborative Music Festival of Remembrance at the Queens Theatre, Barnstaple.
600 young people from Ilfracombe to Instow, Woolacombe to Woolsery (and everywhere in between . . .) came together over two nights to pay their musical tribute to remembering The Great War in its centenary year commemorating the lives of those who lived, fought and died for their country.
This Babcock LDP and North Devon Theatres partnership project enabled hundreds of young people to perform on a professional stage in front of a live audience. Compered by Robert Barber, all participants engaged in large-scale ensemble performances, vocal collaborations, music, dance, original compositions and a whole host more to two sell-out audiences showcasing the musical talents of young people from across the locality.
Artistic Director Debbie Kent (Professional Lead for Babcock LDP Music Service) led the 300 strong massed choir in authentic vocal arrangements appropriate to the time including; Daisy Bell, Rule Britannia (featuring Jan Baker), Keep the Home Fires Burning (featuring Olly Davey and Ilfracombe Rocks) and Land of Hope and Glory. These large scale performances were complimented by locally based musical interpretations of this historic event by individual groups;
Barnstaple Learning Community – Original propaganda song & Letters of Love
Bideford Learning Community Transition Choir – Silent Night – Stille Nacht, Pipes of Peace
Braunton Learning Community – Abide with Me / The Soldier
Chittlehampton Primary – Peace, Perfect Peace
Chulmleigh Belles – Wartime Medley of songs
Chulmleigh Learning Community Rock Choir – Silent Night – Stille Nacht, Pipes of Peace
Devon Teachers Rock Choir – Pipes of Peace / All Together Now
Ilfracombe Juniors – Land Girls
Ilfracombe Rocks – Johnny Had Gone for a Soldier
Ilfracombe Rocks Lee Club – Oh! What a Lovely War medley
South Molton Juniors – ‘How we used to Live’
Woolacombe School – It’s a Long Way to Tipperary / Pack Up Your Troubles
Babcock LDP Music Lead Paul Painter was commissioned to compose a new WW1 related song for the event, Marching Men Go By, which was accompanied by a Next Steps Mixed Ensemble of 60 instrumentalists.
The Last Post was performed by Gareth Howell a talented Northern Devon student and Devon Jazz Ambassador for the Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra, in addition young people were accompanied by Braunton Academy orchestra for the Tuesday night collaborations.
Written by Babcock LDP Music Service
for further details please contact Debbie Kent: firstname.lastname@example.org