Paul Mealor at the Festival of Remembrance 2014

Paul Mealor at the Festival of Remembrance 2014
At this year’s Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, on Saturday November 8, a new work for chorus and orchestra by Paul Mealor will be premiered. In Flanders Fields, setting the famous text by John McCrae, is scored for SATB chorus, trumpet, percussion, piano and strings and it was specially commissioned by the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance 2014.
The work will be performed by the Choir of Royal Holloway conducted by Rupert Gough, with musicians from the Massed Bands of the Guards Division, The Countess of Wessex’s String Orchestra, and Orchestral Musicians from the Royal Marines Band Service & Royal Air Force Music Services, conducted by Lieutenant Colonel R W Hopla (Senior Director of Music, CAMUS).

The annual Festival of Remembrance will be attended by Her Majesty the Queen and other members of the Royal Family.


The event will be broadcast on television on Saturday November 8 on BBC 1 at 9.10pm.

This is not the first time that Mealor’s music has performed at the Festival of Remembrance. In 2011 the Military Wives and Gareth Malone performed his Christmas No 1 hit Wherever You Are.

Then in 2012 JonJo Kerr and the Military Wives performed In My Dreams.


In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

[Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.]
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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