The Pity Of War: Festival Fringe Events 2014 (Venue 267)

The Pity of War

A Service of Music and Poetry commemorating the outbreak of War in August 1914.

This service will include reflection and music, symbol and silence. We will remember the world-changing events of 100 years ago, the life-changing impact it had on the people who were caught up in the War, and pray for healing and peace for the world today.

People of all faiths and none are welcome to join us for this service.

The Choir of Old Saint Paul’s directed by Dr John Kitchen.

Sunday 10 August at 6.30 pm

The Flooers o’ the Forest

The Flooers o’ the Forest is Scotland’s most famous lament, and Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon is Scotland’s most famous 20th century novel. One mourns the falling of the Scottish king and ten thousand of his soldiers at the Battle of Flodden in 1513; the other the death of the Scottish peasantry that was one of the effects of the First World War.

In this programme, Richard and Mark Holloway will read passages from Sunset Song, Amy Strachan will sing some of Scotland’s saddest songs, and Cameron Ritchie will capture the beauty and sorrow of it all on the solo bagpipe.

Monday 11, Thursday 14, Friday 15 August at 7pm (1 hour)

Tickets £8.50/£6 from Fringe Box office or on the door from 6.30pm

Songs of Hope & Loss

This programme features songs and hymns popular with the soldiers at the Front as well as those frequently sung by the people at home. These will be interspersed with extracts from the letters of Albert Ernest Laurie, the Rector of Old Saint Paul’s who went to Belgium and France as a chaplain, and who wrote monthly letters to his congregation describing life in the trenches.

Humour and sadness, rage and pity, and an overwhelming sense of loss characterise both the songs and the letters.

The Volunteer Singers are directed by James Hutchinson. The letters will be read by the current Rector of Old Saint Pauls, Ian Paton.

Tuesday 12, Wednesday 13 August at 7pm (1 hour)

Tickets £8.50/£6 from Fringe Box office or on the door from 6.30pm

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