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National Children’s Remembrance Concert, Genting Arena, Birmingham, November 3rd 2018 to mark 100th anniversary of the end of the first World War.

More than 2500 children will be performing in the first ever National Children’s Remembrance Concert at the Genting Arena in Birmingham on November 3rd 2018 to mark the 100th anniversary of the ending of the first World War.

Children from across the country will perform music, song and drama to commemorate and remember the tens of millions of civilians and combatants from across the world who died in that war including an estimated 540,000 children. The concert will pay homage to the women and non-combatants, and the many millions of animals that were killed in the conflict including nearly eight million horses and mules. Large screens will be used throughout.

There will be a choir of over 2000 children dressed so as to represent two giant poppies and an orchestra of 180 Young Musicians made up of members of the Birmingham Schools’ and Ealing Youth Orchestras.

The music, songs and associated images have been carefully selected and sequenced to tell the story of the war so as to extend factual knowledge and understanding of the war and to enhance empathy for all who were affected by it and its consequences. There will be moments of joy and moments of sadness, of emotion and reflection, of pathos and hope, and of remembrance and gratitude. It will be a concert for all and which commemorates and remembers all.

Concert Director and Founder Ron Dawson said:

“If the spirit and duty of remembrance is to endure it must be passed from generation to generation. The ambition of this children’s centenary concert is to renew that remembrance and our gratitude to those who lived, fought and died in that war a century ago.

It is important to remember all of those who were affected by World War I, whether they were combatants from anywhere in the world, their families, their children or their friends and neighbours. I hope this concert will change the way we commemorate remembrance forever and inspire an interest and understanding of remembrance in the next generation.

Whilst Remembrance Day has continued year upon year, the hope that the war would bring an end to all wars has still to be realised. If that hope is ever to be fulfilled it must be planted and nurtured within the hearts of everyone, but most importantly within the hearts of today’s children.”

Music will include Mars, Nimrod, Cavatina, Silent Night, Hymn to the Fallen and popular songs from the home front and the trenches. The concert climaxes with a mass singing of Lest we Forget, a song written and co-composed by Mr Dawson.

Tickets are on sale now for £15 from Ticket Factory website – https://bit.ly/2NEOHe5

Ticket Hotline 0844 33 88 222

www.lestweforgetconcert.org

Live Music at the Library of Birmingham. How to get involved.

I am contacting you all in my capacity as Head of Business Management at the Library of Birmingham.  The Library has outdoor spaces which we would like to have live music playing on, there is a 3rd floor terrace and an outdoor amphitheatre which the public can look down into from street level – both spaces lend themselves to music in the summer months.

We are open to all  genres of music, however artists will need to be very self-sufficient and provide their own amps etc

Bands could use the space on a Friday evening to 7pm, or over the weekend, daytime the library closes at 5pm on a Saturday and 4pm on a Sunday.

We will not charge for the space, however we will expect the artist to be self-sufficient and set up, with no help from the library.

If you have artists or music promoters who are interested in a free city centre venue – can you ask them to send an email to myself in the first instance, with a sample of their music.

Best Wishes
Rebecca

email: Rebecca Bostock
Head of Business Management

Library of Birmingham
Centenary Square
Broad Street
Birmingham B1 2ND
T: 0121 303 6885
M: 07985471060
libraryofbirmingham.com

R.I.P. Jo Dunne, former guitarist of “We’ve got a …FUZZBOX… and we’re gonna use it!!”

Dear all,

You may already be aware of the sad news that Jo Dunne, former guitarist of the all-girl band “We’ve got a …FUZZBOX… and we’re gonna use it!!” died of cancer on Friday night 26th October, just 43 years young. She passed away a month before her 44th birthday after a short 6 weeks’ battle against cancer.

Maggie, Jo’s sister and keyboard player in Fuzzbox has asked that I field some of the media activity, as she is helping to arrange the funeral and spending time with the family at this time.

Thank you to those of you who have sent us your kind messages of condolences, tributes in the press and radio plays of Fuzzbox songs, from indie anthems “Rules and Regulations” and “XX Sex” to chart hits “Pink Sunshine” and “International Rescue”.

Jo was very proud of the success the band and what we stood for. On finding out that we were (and are still) the UK’s most successful all-girl band (as opposed to vocal groups), we enjoyed a FAB reunion UK tour in 2010. (info attached). There will be a tribute event in aid of Cancer charities, but it is too soon to say what and when.

Jo will always be remembered as a cool, witty woman and a crackin’ guitarist! Continue reading

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