New community opera to mark the centenary of WW1

Oct 8, 2018

A new opera to commemorate 100 years since the end of the Great War will be performed by 200 children from across Bristol this weekend [Friday 12 and Saturday 13 October] at St Mary Redcliffe Church in Bristol.

Pupils from Horfield Church of England Primary School, St Mary Redcliffe Church of England Primary School and St Mary Redcliffe and Temple (SMRT) School together with Gurt Lush Choir, Bristol MAN Chorus and St Mary Redcliffe Church Choir will perform the new community opera ‘1918: Home at Last’.

The opera has been written by Bristol composer Mark Lawrence and librettist Claire Williamson, and the story is told through both the eyes of soldiers at the front, and families at home, whose roles are taken by children.

The opera has been written by Bristol composer Mark Lawrence and librettist Claire Williamson, and the story is told through both the eyes of soldiers at the front, and families at home, whose roles are taken by children.

The event will also include ‘The Show’ by Phil Dixon, performed by Bristol MAN Chorus and Gurt Lush Choir and ‘Ring of Light’ by Raymond Warren, performed by percussionist Jeremy Little; SMRT string ensemble and organist Claire Alsop.

Elisabeth Gilpin, Headteacher at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, said: “We are very excited that students will get a chance to take part in the first performance by a local composer of a composition around such an important event in our history and in such a beautiful setting.

“We are also proud that there will be a choral piece composed by one of our teachers, Mr Dixon. It is an amazing experience for our talented students to be part of such a creative and awe-inspiring event with such a mixture of ages.

“We realise in this centenary year that very few children will have heard first-person accounts of war-time experiences and we hope this project will keep these local and national memories alive and relevant to Bristol children.”

1918: Home at Last will take place on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 October at St Mary Redcliffe Church, 12 Colston Parade, Bristol BS1 6RA at 7 pm.
Tickets, priced at £3, will be available on the door or can be booked online at https://www.tickettailor.com/events/homeatlast