World-renowned soprano Dame Felicity Lott will lead a dramatic line up at the Redoubt Fortress this weekend with an opera performance to commemorate the beginning of World War One.
Remember…The Great War, which runs from September 12-14, will commemorate this significant milestone in history with three evenings of music, poetry, commentary and film, promising to be a highlight in Eastbourne’s WW1 programme of events.The opera star will sing in an extra special recital on Sunday, along with a range of performances over the three evenings by local choirs and schools in a dramatic and poignant programme. On Saturday guest speaker David Dimbleby makes a special appearance to provide a talk on Eastbourne’s Victoria Cross winner Nelson Victor Carter, and local dance school Legat provide their own dramatic interpretation of John Magee’s poem High Flight.
Throughout each evening audiences will return the fortress back to the sounds of 1914, singing traditional First World War songs such as Oh What a Lovely War, Pack up Your Troubles and Keep the Home Fires Burning. Directed by Peter Pyemont, the centenary performance will include a big screen displaying footage and images from the war, an orchestra and the poignant sounds of The Last Post.
Visitors to the event will also have the opportunity to marvel at schoolwork based around WW1 and a range of artefacts loaned by local collectors including uniforms, artillery shells, mortars and even a campaign plan from 1918 signed by Douglas Haig.
Raising money for ABF The Soldiers Charity and St Wildrid’s Hospice, tickets cost £10 for Friday evening and £15 for Saturday or Sunday evening. A champagne reception is from 6.30pm on Saturday and Sunday, costing £30 per person including entry ticket. Tickets available from the Redoubt or call 410300. See www.eastbournemuseums.co.uk.