On Wednesday 7th November at 6.30pm, St Giles’ Church is planning an informal concert marking the centenary of the end of World War I.
The ‘Great War’ was one of the deadliest conflicts in human history. As well as the millions of civilian and military casualties from 1914 to 1918, it led to further political upheaval, revolutions and genocides after the war had officially ended. The mass movement of troops and refugees was a contributory factor of the 1918 influenza pandemic. The legacy of the treaty of Versailles continues to shape our lives to this day.
In Britain, no community was left unscathed by the loss or injury of a loved one. For the first time, Britons experienced war which rained down from the skies in the form of Zeppelin raids. Socially, people’s lives changed on a level not experienced since the dawn of the industrial revolution.
To mark these changes, ‘Music and Stories for a past century’ aims to make a connection with the people who lived and worked in the streets of Camberwell and South London a hundred years ago. We hope to look at life before the war and how it changed – through historical accounts, stories and music. There may also be a chance to display photographs, artefacts or artwork.
If you feel that you would like to contribute in any way, please do get in touch. Whilst we’re especially looking for a Camberwell / South London focus to our event, we will consider any suggestions you may have. We’d also be very grateful for any financial help or sponsorship to stage this event and our ‘come and sing’ performance of Fauré’s Requiem on Sunday 11th November at 6.30pm. Together, these two events will form ‘Camberwell Remembers‘.
Music Director, St Giles’ Church