Lest We Forget - Remembrance Concert

Mercredi, Novembre 12, 2014
Titre de l'événement: Lest We Forget - Remembrance Concert
  • Région: Colombie-Britannique
  • Venue / Location: Port Theatre, 125 Front Street, Nanaimo, BC
  • Temps: 7:30pm
  • Prix: Student $20, General $33-$59
  • Genre: Orchestre / Grands ensembles (10+)
  • Lien externe: Lest We Forget
  • Compositeur : Tobin Stokes
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The Vancouver Island Symphony presents
Remembrance Day
With the Victoria Symphony
Canadian Scottish Regiment Pipe and Drum Band
Geoffrey Sirett, Baritone; Terence Tam, Violin
Conductor: Tania Miller
And the Canadian Letters and Images Project (CLIP)
Wednesday, November 12, 7:30 p.m.
Port Theatre, 125 Front Street, Nanaimo
Tickets: 250-754-8550 www.porttheatre.com


The Victoria Symphony, under the baton of Tania Miller, comes to Nanaimo as guests of the Vancouver Island Symphony for this stirring special concert of remembrance. Featured is a sweeping new work by Tobin Stokes which tells the story of J.C. Richardson, the famous Canadian piper who inspired the troops into battle. The Victoria Symphony is joined by the Canadian Scottish Regiment Pipe and Drum Band, Geoffrey Sirett, baritone, and Terence Tam, violin.

ABOUT THE PIPER: In October, 1916, Piper James Cleland Richardson, posthumous recipient of the Victoria Cross, was only a young lad when he obtained permission to play the 16th Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force ‘over the top’ during the Battle of Ancre Heights in the Somme, France. He walked and piped along the lines of advancing and wounded Canadian soldiers to inspire the successful attack on the German Regina Trench. Later, while escorting a wounded comrade and prisoners of war to the rear he realized he had left his bagpipes behind. He returned to retrieve them but was never seen alive again.

“Tania Miller sent me the story and asked if I could set it to music,” explains Stokes who began working on Symphony No. 3 ‘The Piper’ this past January and completed it at the end of summer. “It begins with a piper playing the main theme which then echoes through the orchestra. As the piece builds you hear that theme again and again. The piper jumps out of the trench and pipes his buddies on; they rush the barbed wire, cross into ‘no man’s land’ and right into battle. We hear the piper shot. The men’s choir sings, like an Amen mantra, each singer left to his own tempo, with hand bells ringing in the distance, reminding us – of time.”

Already performed in Victoria recently with great success, Symphony No. 3: The Piper continues its world premier in Nanaimo. “Not only was I wanting to find the best way to tell the story in music, but to have the work fit into the theme of the evening’s repertoire,” adds Stokes. And, as with CLIP’s presentation of visual imagery for this Nanaimo concert, Stokes says of the various types of music in the program, “Lest We Forget helps us imagine what it was like in World War One.”

Tickets for this reflective and moving Remembrance Day experience of images, symphony, pipes and full surround-sound, are available at the Port Theatre Ticket Centre 250-754-8550. Lest We Forget!