Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra (SWSO) is a community orchestra formed of both professional and amateur players based in and around Saffron Walden in the district of Uttlesford. The Saffron Walden Orchestral Society also oversees the Saffron Walden Children's Orchestra (SWCO).
This Remembrance Day, we will be performing a special Armistice Day programme to commemorate the 100th year of the end of the Great War in association with the Saffron Walden branch of the United Nations Association.
The concert will feature music by composers who died on both sides of the front, including Rudi Stephan’s Music for Orchestra, Frederick Kelly’s Elegy for Strings, and Ralph Vaughan Williams' Pastoral Symphony.
Interspersed with the pieces will be readings of Private Albert Bromfield’s letters, who is SWSO conductor Richard Hull’s great grandfather. Private Bromfield was sent to France with the 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, leaving behind his young wife Ada who was pregnant with their first child. He saw action across northern France and Flanders, and survived gassing at Passchendaele to return to the front line in the summer of 1918. He finally returned home in February 1919.
The combination of authentic readings and performances of works composed by those that gave their lives in war promises to be a poignant occasion.
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