TICKETS AVAILABLE THIS EVENING AT THE DOOR FROM 7.15PM. Do join us for this evening's poignant concert with narration, as part of our commemorations of the end of the Great War.
Composer Tom Smail has always been gripped by the events of the First World War and the thought of the young men who left Britain – and of course many other countries – with notions in their heads of honour and glory, cavalry charges, colours and swords flying, only to be met by the mud and squalor of the front, disease, barbed wire, endless shelling and the dreadful onslaughts as they trudged into the teeth of massed machine guns from the opposing trenches. His song cycle Forgotten Voices of the Great War is his response to these images and these all too real experiences, taking verbatim texts from Max Arthur’s book of the same name. Tragic British, German, and non-combatant experiences from the period performed by a trio of singers with cello and piano accompaniment and special introductions from Max Arthur.
“I never dreamed that even borrowed time could go so slowly”....
Generously sponsored by The Sosland Family in recognition of the contribution Morton & Estelle Sosland have made to the Petworth Festival for many years