Canada & UK Kingston choirs unite in centenary concert for end of WW1

18 June 2018 | Liz Robertson

Singers from Canada’s Kingston Choral Society will unite with those from their namesake in the UK to herald the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War at a concert in All Saints Church, Kingston upon Thames, on Saturday July 7th.

The event will be among the highlights of a 16-day European tour by North Lakeshore Chorus, which comprises 50 singers from regions on the north shore of Lake Ontario, Canada, including Kingston, Ontario.  The collaboration with our own Kingston Choral Society follows a successful joint concert at the same venue in 2015 to mark the 100th anniversary of the deployment of the Canadian Expeditionary Force in Europe.

The local area has strong connections with Canadian First World War troops, some of whom were stationed in Bushy Park, where Upper Lodge served as the King’s Canadian Hospital from 1915-19.  At its busiest, the hospital had over 300 beds and 100 staff.  The connection is commemorated by the Canadian Glade and a totem pole in the park’s Waterhouse Woodland Gardens.

Peace At Last – The Boys Come Home will be a musical tribute to the Canadian soldiers who served in the First World War, with a programme encompassing popular war-time music and songs and much-loved classics, including:

  • Keep the Home Fires Burning
  • Now is the Hour – as sung by Gracie Fields and Vera Lynn
  • Song for the Unsung Hero
  • Roses of Picardy
  • Lacrimosa (from Mozart Requiem)
  • Ode to Joy (Beethoven)
  • Going Home (from Dvorak’s New World Symphony)

The concert should be of particular interest to anyone with Canadian friends or family or links with Canada and anyone interested in songs and experiences from the 1914-18 Great War.

A number of local dignitaries are due to attend the concert, including the Representative Deputy Lieutenant of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.

Peace at Last – The Boys Come Home

Saturday July 7th 2018 7:30 pm

All Saints Kingston, Market Place, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1JP

Piper – Garret Rodgers; Guest Conductors – Ian Juby and Matthew Bell

Tickets:  Adults: £13; Concessions: £11; Under 18s: £5

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