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A composer’s inspiration An illustrated talk by the composer Patrick Hawes


Patrick reveals how carefully chosen texts can develop into musical seeds and then into a symphony. Specific reference will be made to The Great War Symphony, his most recent work written to mark the centenary of the Armistice.

The talk will show how Patrick has selected certain texts to reflect each year of the war, including Wilfred Owen’s 1914, Siegfried Sassoon’s diary entry on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, Margaret Postgate Cole’s The Falling Leaves, as well as lesser known words from Sydney Bolitho’s Gallipoli and Moina Michael’s We Shall Keep the Faith.

It will include an insight into his musical background and influences, illustrated by Patrick at the piano and through recordings.


About Patrick

Patrick Hawes is an English composer who has made his mark as a torchbearer of the English musical tradition.

He is best known for writing the Highgrove Suite for HRH The Prince of Wales, for being Composer-in-Residence at Classic FM, and for the Number One album Angel.

Among others, he has written for Voces8, the Choir of
New College Oxford, Julian Lloyd Webber, and Hayley Westenra on albums that have all reached Number One in the classical charts as well as works for The King’s Singers and Sarah Brightman, alongside a clarinet concerto for Emma Johnson.


About The Great War Symphony


The Great War Symphony is a new choral symphony in aid of SSAFA, the armed forces charity, to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

The complete work will be premiered in London’s Royal Albert Hall on 9th October 2018 in partnership with Classic FM as part of the national commemorations to mark the end of the centenary.

The concert will bring together the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, London Youth Choir,Berkshire Youth Choir, Invictus Games Choir, Louise Alder (soprano), Joshua Ellicott (tenor) and Military Bands. Other choirs from around the country will join the performance by video link, including the National Youth Choir of Scotland,Cross Border Youth Choir (Ireland & N.I.) and Ysgol Glanaethwy (Wales).

The U.S. Premiere will take place in New York’s Carnegie Hall on 11th November 2018 - the exact centenary of the Armistice.

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