Silver Rose to mark sacrifice of Cambridge alumni

There will be a special resonance to the performance of Liz Lane's 'Silver Rose' at Trinity College in Cambridge on Armistice weekend

  The performance will mark the ultimate sacrifice of 619 members of the college

The centenary of the end of the First World War is to be marked by a performance of composer Liz Lane's 'Silver Rose' as well as the world premiere of her new work, 'Stars are not too far', at Trinity College in Cambridge on Armistice weekend.

It will see Lydbrook Band under the baton of Ian Holmes perform in the 16th century chapel of the famous Cambridge College alongside narrator Micha Lazarus, as part of a commemoration that will remember the 619 members of the college who lost their lives in the conflict.

Lives lost

619 poppies will be laid out on the lawn of the Great Court on Saturday 10th November before the Last Post will be sounded. A service will also be held before the afternoon concert (2.30pm) will take place.

Commissioned by Bristol2014 (Bristol Cultural Development Partnership) with funding from Arts Council England, 'Silver Rose' has become a major touchstone work in relation to the commemoration of the First World War, receiving ten high profile performances since its premiere by Lydbrook Band with narrator Robert Hardy CBE at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.

The latest performance has a special resonance, as the narrator Micha Lazarus is a descendant of the poet Isaac Rosenberg who was killed in the trenches, and whose poetic words are featured in the work.

The latest performance has a special resonance, as the narrator Micha Lazarus is a descendant of the poet Isaac Rosenberg who was killed in the trenches, and whose poetic words are featured in the work4BR


The concert will also see the premiere Liz Lane's 'Stars are not too far', originally commissioned by Robert Hardy for performance by Lydbrook Band at his funeral. The work features the principal cornet player Phil Storer, and weaves together fragments of famous classical melodies chosen by the actor.

Sadly Robert Hardy passed away before the request was formally recorded in his will, but it is planned the work will be recorded in the near future.

Humbling experience

Speaking on behalf of Lydbrook Band, Robert Morgan told 4BR: "It's a great honour to be invited to play in the chapel of Trinity College on what is a very special Remembrance weekend. It will be both a wonderful and humbling experience for us all."

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