Young People take part in Music Festival of Remembrance

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

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Bovey book club reviews Vera Brittain classic

The Bovey Bibliophiles book club have been busy reviewing Testament of Youth, an acclaimed classic by Vera Brittain which gives a detailed insight into her experiences as a nurse during the First World War and reflections beyond.  Published in 1933, the book describes the horror and impact of war and loss.  A film adaptation is due to be released late 2014.

Click here to read the review : Testament of Youth – Book Review