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The Christmas Truce

The Christmas Truce

 

Sunday 30th November, 7.30pm

Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh

 

Finzi Et In Terra Pax

Haydn Nelson Mass

Bingham The Christmas Truce

 

Edinburgh Royal Choral Union

Edinburgh Pro Musica Orchestra

Michael Bawtree, conductor

Morley Whitehead, organ

 

Edinburgh Royal Choral Union commemorates the centenary of the beginning of the Great War with a programme of music from across the centuries. Judith Bingham’s Christmas Truce, composed in 2003, movingly tells the story of the temporary armistice on Christmas Day 1914 in the trenches of northern France. Bingham combines texts from diaries, private letters and news reports, alongside German and British Christmas carols, into a haunting meditation on that extraordinary day. Gerald Finzi’s setting of verses from Robert Bridges’ poem, ‘Noel: Christmas Eve, 1913’ sits alongside Haydn’s famous ‘Nelson Mass’.