Image: Ruined church in Irles blown up by the Germans before retirement, March 1917.
The idea of Memorial Ground is that choirs and singing groups of the widest range of size, ability and configuration can perform it and make it their own. Everything you need to prepare a performance is available here, including sheet music and words, examples of how to go about it, backing tracks and hints and tips from choir directors and the composer himself.
It does not need to be complicated. At its simplest it can be a 3 minute piece for 4 singers. At its most ambitious… well, the sky’s the limit.
Please register your interest in singing Memorial Ground by completing the following form.
It’s the end of the 1916 winter and the conditions are
almost unbelievable. We live in a world of Somme mud.
We sleep in it, work in it, fight in it, wade in it and
many of us die in it. We see it, feel it, eat it
and curse it, but we can’t escape it, not even by dying.
We are delighted that you are planning to sing Memorial Ground. Whether it’s a public performance or you are singing it within your usual rehearsal, we would love to hear about it. Please complete the below form and we will add your event to our map.
(If you are submitting a private event the full address will not be displayed. We will only publish the date, name of your group and title of the event)
Image: Aerial photograph of a British gas attack in progress between Carnoy and Montauban in June 1916, shortly before the Somme offensive.
‘It was a magnificent display of trained and disciplined
valour, and its assault only failed of success because
dead men can advance no further.’