17 January 2019
Here’s another chance to listen to the exciting and poignant new musical composition, Trench Symphony– for the Mothers and Sons which premiered in Wakefield Cathedral last November.
This unique project commemorated the Centenary of the First World War with a community choir made up of singers and choirs from across Wakefield and Pontefract.
It was a joint project between arts organisation, Edgelands Arts and local composer. Charlie Wells, to develop new music to run alongside an archive exploring how music was used as propaganda in the Great War as well as visual art works interpreting music and stories of the time.
Funded through £9,900 from Heritage Lottery Fund and £14,936 from Arts Council England Project Funding, ‘Trench Symphony - for the Mothers and Sons’ also saw local artists Helen Thomas and Tony Wade work with local community and craft groups to create silk panels which became the backdrops to the music.
The project was inspired by text, memories, stories and music from the First World War, researched and gathered from personal and public collections across the UK by volunteers. Using traditional music notation, graphic scores and improvisation, the piece explored the themes of recruitment, expectation, platitudes, reality and reflection.