Music of war and peace at Northampton Remembrance concert

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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra returns to Royal & Derngate on Saturday for a special concert of remembrance.

Commemorating the centenary of the start of the First World War, Lest We Forget features reflective excerpts from some colossal choral works and orchestral music of war and peace.

With conductor Nick Davies at the helm, the orchestra will be joined by soprano soloist Elin Manahan Thomas (pictured) and the Northampton Bach Choir, performing music including Faure’s Pie Jesu, Rutter’s Lux Aeturna and Verdi’s emotive Dies Irae. The orchestra will also perform a selection of war and peace-themed music, including Adrian Sutton’s suite based on Michael Morpurgo’s book War Horse, Karl Jenkins’ Benedictus from The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace and Holst’s astrological portrayals of Mars, the bringer of war, and Venus, the bringer of peace.

Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets cost from £15 to £33.50 before fees.

Tickets for adults under 26-year-old cost £11 and £5 for under 14s and schools.

Children aged between two and 13 can join members of the orchestra on the day to explore the music 
and composers of the First World War, with singing and playing activities, musical games and insights from the players about life in the orchestra.

A Behind The Lines workshop for ages two to five years takes place from 11.30am to 12.30pm, followed by a session for six to 13 year-olds from 1pm to 2.30pm.

Sessions cost £3.50 per child. To book, call 01604 624811 or visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk.