Superact launches nationwide First World War centenary music project, The Last Post

Arts non-profit organisation Superact has now launched The Last Post project to mark the First World War Centenary across the UK.

Empowering communities in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland; the project will inspire people of all ages to come together to explore their First World War heritage, remember the impact that the First World War had on their local community and play music from the era as a mark of commemoration.

Community groups will research and share the stories of local people and places from the war and then hold a commemorative event.  At every event, the Last Post ceremonial call will be played in a variety of styles to remember someone in their community; not just on bugles but on any instrument from pianos and cellos to guitars and drums.

Designed and piloted by Superact in 2013 with support from the Department for Communities and Local Government, The Last Post project has been awarded £92,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to roll out the project in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in 2014.

Last Post events this year will take place across the UK in November 2014 as part of a ‘Last Post fortnight’.

To get involved and organise a Last Post event, community organisations and groups across the country are being urged to register their details on The Last Post website to receive an information pack and learn more about the project.

Commenting, Virginia Crompton, Superact’s Executive Producer of The Last Post project said:   “The Last Post is an innovative project that will make the First World War Centenary accessible in a creative way. We have already seen how Last Post events engage and inspire communities through the nine pilots we launched this year and we can’t wait to see the project spread across the UK.”

Explaining the importance of the HLF support, Carole Souter, Heritage Lottery Fund Chief Executive added:  “This nationwide project will reach out to new audiences for heritage and help local communities explore and understand their First World War stories in an imaginative way.”

For more information visit www.thelastpostproject.co.uk