Remembering World War One – Part I: Reflection on War
Swire Classic Insights
As we approach the centenary of the end of World War I, conductor Jung-Ho Pak will guide us in two consecutive programmes to investigate how composers responded to, or were affected by, this historic trauma.
The first concert features music which offers very personal reactions to the experience of war: Vaughan Williams instilled his nostalgia for the disappearing idyllic country into The Lark Ascending after his service in the army; Ravel was commissioned by Austrian pianist Paul Wittgenstein who lost his right arm on the Russian front; Howells wrote his moving Elegy to pay tribute to a fellow student killed in battle in 1917.
- No eating or drinking
- No photography, recording or filming
- Please turn off your mobile phone and other electronic devices
- Please keep noise to a minimum during the performance
- Please reserve your applause until the end of the entire work