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Around Town: NACO tour of UK honours First World War soldiers

Around Town: NACO tour of UK honours First World War soldiers

October 14, 2014
National

"In a matter of days, the National Arts Centre Orchestra (NACO) will be making the giant leap across the pond for a five-city UK tour that will see its musicians perform and educate while also commemorate the 100 years since Canada’s entry into the First World War.

Dozens of supporters gathered Wednesday for a kickoff reception held in honour of the musical journey. It took place at Earnscliffe, the official residence of British High Commissioner Howard Drake and his wife, Gill.

From the NAC was the acting chair of its board of trustees, Adrian Burns; the CEO of its fundraising arm, Jayne Watson; and NACO’s managing director, Christopher Deacon.

Laureen Harper, who lives just down the road at 24 Sussex, was among the guests. So was Abigail Richardson, one of the Canadian composers whose commissioned work, Song of the Poets, will be part of the tour. It uses excerpts from poems written by soldiers who fought on both sides of the war..."

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Related Composers: Abigail Richardson-Schulte