Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers

8 November 2018 | Chloe Bowerbank

As the nation commemorates the centenary of the end of the First World War, a new installation at the Tower of London, Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers will fill the moat with thousands of individual flames: a public act of remembrance for the lives of the fallen, honouring their sacrifice.

Each evening at 5pm  a procession led by the Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London makes their way to the moat, and ceremonially light the first flame. A team of volunteers then light each of the 10,000 torches in a moving ritual unfolding in a circle of light around the Tower.

The unfolding visual spectacle is accompanied by a specially-commissioned sound installation; a sonic exploration of the shifting tide of political alliances, friendship, love and loss in war.

At the centre of the sound installation lies a new choral work, with words from War Poet Mary Borden’s Sonnets to a Soldier.

Members of the public can view the display from the Tower Hill and the Tower concourse. Tickets for the moat are available to be able to see the display up close.

The display concludes at 9pm each night, and will be running up to the 11th.

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