Hawes: The Great War Symphony
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Lest we forget: music for Remembrance Day
16. Hawes: The Great War Symphony
Patrick Hawes composed this choral symphony in aid of SSAFA to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. It received its world premiere including a massed choir and military bands at the Royal Albert Hall in November 2018. The symphony is in four movements and each one reflects each year of the war – Praeludium (1914–1915), March (1915–1916), Elegy (1916–1917) and Finale (1917–1918). The music is set to the affecting words of war including Wilfred Owen's '1914'.