Westminster City Council was honoured to support an evening of poetry and music at Westminster Music Library on Wednesday 9 November, in remembrance of those who lost their lives in The Great War (1914 to 1918).
Keep the Home Fires Burning – Wind and Words of World War I, was part of a series of events being held before Armistice Day on Friday 11 November. To bring together the Westminster community in remembrance, evocative elegies and melodies written and composed during World War I were performed by clarinetist Chris Hooker and poet Valerie Fry.
Much of the programme consisted of poets who served in the Great War, including Siegfried Sassoon, Rupert Brooke, John McCrae, Wilfred Owen and Isaac Rosenberg. The music, made famous at the time, featured a range of composers including Ivor Novello, Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin.
The special Silence in the Square event in Trafalgar Square takes place on Friday 11 November with music, readings and the 2-minute silence led by The Royal British Legion from 10am until 11.15am.
Various concerts, church services and commemorative events take place across London on Remembrance Sunday, 13 November, to commemorate all those who gave their lives in the 2 world wars and all who have died in combat since.