Student members of the Pipes and Drums Band at Gordon’s School have been chosen to perform in the ‘Lest We Forget Children’s Concert’, which will honour and remember those who lived, fought and died in the First World War.
They will join some 2,000 other young singers and musicians across England and Wales at the national concert at the NEC, Birmingham in November to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.
The event, part of the government’s four year centenary programme, will include music and songs including: ‘Nimrod’ from Elgar’s Enigma Variations; ‘Silent Night’, the Christmas carol said to have been sung by British and German soldiers during the December truce and songs popular among soldiers of the time such as ‘Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag’ and ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’.
Readings from diaries and letters written at that time will also be given and archive film footage from the trenches will be shown.
The concert has been given £90,000 worth of government funding. Minister for Faith and Integration, Lord Bourne said: “It is vitally important that each new generation is encouraged to remember the enormous sacrifices made in defending the liberties we take for granted today. The stories of individual bravery and the terrible losses experienced by countless families must never be forgotten.”
In the past, Gordon’s School Pipes and Drums Band have played not only for the School’s nine annual ceremonial parades, but have appeared at Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey and the Caledonian Club.
Students at the School in Woking, Surrey are given the opportunity to learn how to play the bagpipes as part of their extra-curricular activities.
Gordon’s School Deputy Head Rob Pavis commented: “We are delighted and honoured that our students in the Pipes and Drums will be playing a part in such an important and historic event. “