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BBC Philharmonic Somme Commemoration

Stephen Davismoon's work God's Own, Caught in No Man's Land, presented alongside music written by composers who fought in WWI. BBC Philharmonic under Michael Seal.

On July 1 1916, around 650 Salford men, mostly in the Salford Pals battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers, died on the first day of one of Britain's most brutal battles.
Recorded on July 1 this year at a special concert at Salford University to commemorate the "Pals" and the start of the Battle of Somme, the world premiere of Steve Davismoon's "God's Own, Caught in No Man's Land" was presented alongside music written by composers who fought in the First World War. Using special field recordings from places that the Salford Pals would have known well, (both at home in Salford, and from the places they went to be trained to fight), popular songs that they would have sung together and also texts by poet Winifred Letts, written in 1916, Steve Davismoon intended to create "an aural bridge of remembrance between us in Salford today that extends back to those hundreds of Salford families whose world was shattered".

George Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad
BBC Philharmonic/Michael Seal

Cecil Coles: Estaminet du Carrefour (Suite: Behind the Lines)
BBC Philharmonic/Michael Seal

Steve Davismoon: God's Own, Caught in No Man's Land
BBC Philharmonic/Michael Seal
Taylor Wilson - Mezzo-soprano
Gordon Munro - Narrator
Melodico Ensemble.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 13 Nov 2016 23:30

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Role Contributor
Performer BBC Philharmonic

Broadcast

  • Sun 13 Nov 2016 23:30