Tuesday, 11 November 2014

'Morning Heroes' : Arthur Bliss

This morning the Mass of St Martin was followed at 11 a.m. 
by the Act of Remembrance at the village war memorial here in church ..

For Armistice Day: another reading of Wilfred Owen's 'Spring Offensive,' this time together with a setting of Robert Nichols' Dawn on the Somme,  forming part of the 'Symphony for orator, chorus and orchestra,'  Morning Heroes,  by Sir Arthur Bliss, who himself served with distinction both in the Royal Fusiliers and the Grenadier Guards during the Great War. 

This is the finale, Now, Trumpeter, for thy Close - Spring Offensive, Dawn on the Somme.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra, East London Chorus, Harlow Chorus and the Hertfordshire Chorus are conducted on this recording by Michael Kibblewhite. The Orator, or narrator, is Brian Blessed.

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