WW1 Commemoration - Roddy MacLeod Recital
As part of a full programme of musical events at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum taking place on Sunday 11th November to commemorate the end of World War 1, which this year has its 100th Anniversary, our Principal, Roddy MacLeod will give a short recital. Roddy will perform the Pioabireachd "Lament for the Iolaire" amongst other tunes.
There is a full programme of events for the day:
1.30pm - Bagpipe Recital by Roddy McLeod MBE
This Lament for the Iolaire was written to commemorate one of the worst maritime disasters in United Kingdom history. At the end of the First World War the ship "Iolaire" was carrying troops back to the Scottish island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. She left the port of Kyle of Lochalsh on the mainland late on the evening of31 December 1918. At 2:30 a.m. on New Year's Day, as the ship approached the port of Stornoway, a mile away from the safety of the harbour where families were waiting on the pier to welcome them, the ship hit the infamous rocks "The Beasts of Holm" and sank. 205 men perished of whom 181 were islanders. Among them was Roddy MacLeod's great uncle.
LETTERS FROM THE TRENCHES
4 performances - Hourly from 11.00pm to 2.00pm
A series of recitals of letters and poems from the first world war.
These will take place in the lower gallery which is hosting an international exhibition entitled "Brushes with War" - pictures and paintings from WWl. The performers will be three young actors from the Scottish Youth Theatre who will dressed in soldiers uniforms of the period.
The central core of the programme will be letters written by young soldiers detailing their various experiences of trench warfare. It will also include the poems Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen and For the F alien by Lawrence Binyon. The words will be interspersed with Various war effects - beginning with 11 peals of "Passing Bells" and ending with The Last Post
Daily Organ and Choral Concert
3.00pm - 4.00pm on the Central Hall
A Male Voice Choir of 100 hundred voices representing the major male voice choirs in Scotland will come together especially for this event.
Among the choral items will be ...
Let us now praise famous men - Ralph Vaughan Williams
Benedictus from "The Armed Man" - Karl Jenkins
Morte Christe - Emrys Jones
Mansions of the Lord from the film We were Soldiers - Nick Glennie-Smith In Flanders Field - Jacobson and Emerson
Stout Hearted Men - Sigmund Romberg
Peace - Based on Finlandia by Jean Sibelius
The Audience will be invited to join the choir in a medley of songs from WWI including Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag; It's long way to Tipperary; Roses in Picardy; Over There; Keep the home fires burning.
The organ will be played by Christopher Nickol
Among the organ solos items will be Nimrod; Solemn Melody;
The musical items will be interspersed with various military Bugle Calls detailing the life of the soldier throughout the day beginning with Rouse and ending with The Last Post.
The Bugle Calls will be played by Les Wood
All these events are free to attend and will be in the main hall of the museum.