Hampshire and Germany in Harmony To Celebrate Peace

A special concert celebrating peace and commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I will bring together young musicians from Hampshire and Giessen in Germany.

Organised by Hampshire County Council’s Music Service, and to be hosted by the County Council’s Chairman, Councillor Jonathan Glen, the performance will take place on Saturday 30 January, 7.30pm, in Winchester Cathedral.

Featuring talented musicians from the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra and school choirs, together with the Giessen Liebigschule Choir from Germany, the highlight of the evening will be the world premiere performance of ‘The Lost Wand’, by Francis Pott.

Commenting on the forthcoming concert, Councillor Glen, said: “This concert is a wonderful way to commemorate the centenary of World War I. The participation of young people from Germany, joining those from Hampshire is particularly poignant. In addition to an evening of first class musical entertainment, I am particularly looking forward to the opportunity for people to come together in this celebration of peace, to reflect and remember. I urge people to get their tickets, for what promises to be a very moving performance.”

‘The Lost Wand’ has been composed especially for the Chairman’s Concert and has been commissioned by the County Council, Arts Council England and The Friends of the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra.

Comprising songs to be sung in both English and German, the performance aims to portray, through music, issues of war, peace and humanity – issues that are so relevant today. Also on the programme will be music by Britten, Brahms, Mauersberger, Shostakovich, Mozart and Beethoven.

Performing the challenging and wide-ranging musical score will be around 300 young musicians and singers from the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra, the Giessen Choir from Germany and a massed choir formed with young people from Henry Beaufort School, King’s School, Perins School, Wyvern School and Barton Peveril College.

Tickets cost £10, £5 (concessions) plus a 75p ticket booking fee and can be purchased online from Winchester Cathedral (www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk).

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