Norfolk pupils to feature in national First World War children’s concert
PUBLISHED: 12:44 17 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:44 17 July 2018
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A group of children will be representing Norfolk at a special concert commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War.
South Norfolk Council awarded Hempnall Primary School £250 from its First World War grant scheme to help pupils take part in Lest We Forget - The National Children’s WW1 Remembrance Concert taking place on November 3 in Birmingham.
The focal point of the concert will be a choir of over 2,000 children dressed to resemble two giant remembrance poppies.
Headteacher Laura Jestico said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for the school. We have used the money to help us study the history of the First World War and the songs that were sung, both on the battlefields and by those left at home.”
The singers will be supported by an orchestra of 160 young musicians from the Birmingham Youth and Ealing Youth Orchestras, the National Youth Pipe and Drum Band, the Sandwell Youth Brass Hand, Birmingham Acoustic Guitar Group, the Leicestershire Show Choir, the Hywel Girls’ choir and Hywel Boy Singers plus Angelicus Celtis.
The concert at the NEC Arena will feature music including Mars, Nimrod, Cavatina, Silent Night, Hymn to the Fallen and popular songs from the home front and the trenches. It will end with a mass singing of Lest We Forget, a song written and co-composed by children’s author Ron Dawson.
In the Great War of 1914 to 1918 it is estimated that some 540,000 children were killed and many more were injured.
Lest We Forget will pay homage to the 40 million military and civilian deaths and casualties of all nations including the children killed, the role and sacrifices of women and non-combatants and the many millions of animals that were killed in the conflict, including nearly eight million horses and mules.
South Norfolk Council chairman John Overton said: “It is important that young people understand the importance of this centenary and honour the sacrifice of so many men, women and children. I am really glad that the grant is being used to give children an insight into what life was like during the First World War.”