Please note: This is an archive of a previous concert

On the eve of the Armistice Centenary, The Lea Singers present a dramatic and innovative programme for Remembrance in the Lady Chapel of St Albans Abbey, charting the world’s conflicts from Agincourt to the present day.

Transformed into an intimate concert setting, the nave of the Lady Chapel becomes the stage, blurring the boundaries between performers and audience to create a unique up-close experience that will have you caught up in the emotion of the music.

From the pomp and ceremony of soldiers marching en masse into battle in Ward Swingle’s Agincourt Song and the joie de vivre of Glen Miller’s spirit-lifting In the Mood to a poignant letter written by a dying soldier to his family in the American Civil War and a new commission which weaves together the English and German versions of Silent Night to tell the story of the famous Christmas Truce, this concert combines music, lighting and recorded audio into a moving and immersive reflection on the human cost of war.

Tickets

Tickets £20 (£15 under-16s, students and wheelchair spaces with a carer going free). 20% discount for Lea Singers Friends

Venue

St Albans Abbey, St Albans, Herts AL1 1BY  map

Programme

Trad. arr. Ward Swingle Agincourt Song
Guillaume Dufay Gaude Virgo
William Byrd Ne Irascaris, Domine
Gregorio Allegri Miserere mei, Deus
Charles Hubert Hastings Parry My Soul There is a Country
Sergei Rachmaninov Bogoroditse Devo
Peter Foggitt The Permanence of the Young Men
Gustav Holst The Evening Watch
Glenn Miller arr. Backwell and Carter In the Mood
Lew Brown arr. Viola Engelbrecht Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree
Nigel Short The Dying Soldier
Jan Sandström Across the Bridge of Hope
Sheena Phillips Song of Sorrows, A Lament for Aleppo
Trad. arr. Edward Torikian Yal Asmar Ellon
Ēriks Ešenvalds Only in Sleep

Lea Singers
Conductor Victoria Longdon