Special concert marks centenary of Edith Cavell execution

Peterborough Cathedral Choir EMN-150110-130523001
Peterborough Cathedral Choir EMN-150110-130523001
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The music of the Great War, from popular songs to classical choral works, will be featured in a special concert at Peterborough Cathedral to mark the centenary of the execution of Edith Cavell.

The concert, on Saturday, October 17 at 7.30pm, will be performed by Peterborough Cathedral Choir, Youth Choir and Festival Chorus, with baritone Jonathan Hyde and pianist Gavin Roberts of “Song in the City”.

Amongst the works to be sung in the beautiful surroundings of Peterborough Cathedral nave are Hubert Parry’s sumptuous “Songs of Farewell”, written during the First World War, and solo songs by Elgar, Butterworth and Gurney.

During the second half of the concert the audience will be invited to sing along with such popular war-time classics as “Sister Susie’s sewing shirts”, “Keep the home fires burning” and “It’s a long way to Tipperary”.

Amongst the popular songs will be a rarely heard tune from the time called “She was a daughter of England”, which was “dedicated to memory of the heroine-martyr Edith Cavell”.

In between the musical pieces there will be short readings, including the words Edith Cavell spoke to the Revd Stirling Gahan on the eve of her execution.

“This promises to be an unforgettable evening, in turn poignant and uplifting, as we mark the anniversary of Edith Cavell’s extraordinary life,” said director of music Steven Grahl.

Tickets for the concert are priced at £15 (£12 concessions, £8 under 18s) including a glass of wine or a soft drink during the interval.

Tickets can be purchased on the Peterborough Cathedral’s website at www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk or by calling the box office on 01832 274734. Tickets will also be available on the door.