The Great War Symphony at the Royal albert hall 

10 September 2018 | Bethany Reynard

Patrick Hawes’ most important work to date, The Great War Symphony, a choral symphony to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.

THE BRITISH ARMY ON THE WESTERN FRONT, 1914-1918 (Q 9064) The regimental band of the 39th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps at Rombly, 20 July 1918. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source:

The symphony will be premièred at Classic FM Live at the Royal Albert Hall on 9 October 2018 in aid of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.

Hosted by Classic FM presenters John Suchet and Margherita Taylor, soloists Louise Alder (soprano) and Joshua Ellicott (tenor) will perform alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a massed choir of singers including the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, London Youth Choir, Berkshire Youth Choir, Invictus Games Choir, the Band of the Household Cavalry, State Trumpeters, Fanfare Trumpeters of the RAF and the Corps of Drums and Bugles of the Royal Marines.

In addition, the National Youth Choir of Scotland, Cross Border Youth Choir (Ireland and Northern Ireland) and Kana Choir (Wales) will be beamed virtually into the Royal Albert Hall from around the country.

Tickets can be bought here.