Eve of Peace Concert

St. Peter’s Music presented an Eve of Peace, World War 1 Armistice Centenary Concert at St. Peter’s Church, Boxted on Saturday 3rd November 2018.

Words below and all images by Amanda Clowe of Rascals Pet Photography

A packed St Peter’s Church was the place to be on Saturday 3rd November for the Eve of Peace Concert, celebrating the centenary of the end of the First World War.

It was a moving, yet uplifting, tribute to those who fought in such torrid conditions abroad and those who stayed at home to keep the country going whilst enduring the heartbreak of separation and loss.

The Concert – wonderfully organised by Annette Whybrow – featured a deft mix of sadness and celebration to keep us enthralled throughout.

War letters were read by the Boxted Amateur Players – dressed in the costumes of soldier, doting mother and wife back home.

Many villagers took part by reading poignant passages from war poets and authors – tied together by Annette’s narration of War facts and figures. Special tributes were paid to Boxted’s wartime men & women.

Children of St Peter’s School were also honoured for their project exploring what life in Boxted would look like in 100 years from now.

Delicious refreshments were provided by the WI.

The Boxted Methodist Silver Band played rousing pieces throughout and the amazing Joanna Arnold from Gt Horkesley sang haunting laments and uplifting wartime songs – such as ‘A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square’ and ‘Caberet’.

The Concert finale was a real community effort, with the audience joining in a stirring rendition of ‘Land of Hope and Glory’.