A CONCERT of evocative poetry and music will commemorate this year’s Remembrance Day in Fremantle’s St Patrick’s Basilica at 2.30pm.
For the Fallen will feature James Hagan reciting war poems while accompanied by musicians Eva-Marie Middleton (soprano), Michael Heap (baritone), Brent Grapes (trumpet) and Dominic Perissinotto (pipe organ).
Following a wreath laying ceremony and The Last Post, the concert will open with a dramatic performance of The Hollow Men, composed by Vincent Persichetti.
Originally written for trumpet and orchestra, the piece is an moving response to the poem of the same name by T S Eliot.
For the Fallen
For the Fallen will also include music by Benjamin Britten, Joseph Jongen and Ralph Vaughan Williams, and poems by Rupert Brooke, Ernst Stadler and Wilfred Owen’s famous Anthem for Doomed Youth.
“The poetry and music reflections for this concert are drawn from many countries to show that no matter where we come from, the effects of war are universal,” Perissinotto says.
“The concert includes music and poetry from United States of America, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Belgium, France, Italy and Russia as we move through an evocative concert program.
“Through this integration of poetry and music reflections from international poets and musicians who have experienced the atrocities of World War 1, the program will honour those who have fallen.”
The concert will end with a moving Brenton Broadstock composition that takes its inspiration from the Returned and Services League Burial Ritual.
The piece features pipe organ, and trumpet passages reminiscent of The Last Post.
For the Fallen is on at The Basilica of St Patrick in Fremantle on Sunday November 11 at 2.30pm.
Free parking at St Patrick’s Basilica and in the grounds of the adjacent primary school.
Pre-book at http://www.trybooking.com/TATI or pay at the door.