Merseyside First World War Commemoration Set for 12-14 Sept

Merseyside First World War Commemoration Set for 12-14 Sept

This September the city will be taken back in time to 1914 for the Merseyside First World War Commemoration, a special weekend programme of events to mark the 100 year anniversary since Britain entered in to the First World War, brought by The First World War Commemoration Task Group from Fri 12 - Sun 14 September.

The programme of events will commence with a free concert at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on Fri 12 September. In this special concert a mass choir of Song Merseyside that has been formed especially for the event, comprising of Primary Schools from 6 local authorities, will perform a special selection of songs from the WW1-era which will echo through the Cathedral. Participating choirs Vox Swing, Pacific Swing, Sing Our Socks Off, Vox Voices, as well as many individual singers, all come together to present a wonderful highlight to lead the proceedings of the weekend.

St Johns Gardens will be transformed to 1914 Merseyside on Saturday 13 September, with a series of performances, exhibitions and stalls that will demonstrate to all exactly what life was like at the time of the outbreak of the First World War. Encounter everything from Housing, Clothing, Transport, Entertainment, Public Health and Women's Suffrage in this educational and informative experience which will give the public a fascinating insight in to life at the time. It will also explore what the Call to Arms meant to thousands of families in and around the (old) counties of Lancashire and Cheshire in this truly poignant event that will offer something for the whole family. There will also be a special guest appearance from The Band of the Grenadier Guards who will perform in the Gardens before a full concert that evening at St Georges Hall.

The Band of the Grenadier Guards, the sound which symbolises the very essence of the nation, will play a live concert filled with the music which has made them a national treasure for more than three centuries in the magnificent Great Hall at St Georges Hall, and is also a fundraiser for SSAFA, on Saturday 13 September.

Throughout Britain's history, the music of the Grenadier Guards has been the backdrop to national life and identity; representing British constancy, dignity and artistry - attributes shared with the venue for this unique concert - and the guard are now regarded as one of the world's finest military bands; having filled the streets of London with music and colour; a truly historic sound and sight which invokes the very sentiment of national pride. The band has not been seen in Merseyside within living memory so this is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to see them play live.

There will also be a warm welcome for guests as brass musicians aged 11-18 from Resonate's Music Centre will be playing a special selection of music, entertaining guests as they arrive.

Concluding the weekend on Sunday 14 September is a special Drumhead Service at Exchange Flags, honouring the ceremonies that Soldiers of all faiths and beliefs received before they went off to War in 1914, and also whilst they served. A Drumhead Service has its origins in the distant past where military chaplains in the field used the drums of their Battalion or Regimental band to construct a makeshift altar, so that they could hold religious services close to where the troops were positioned. The drums were covered by either a simple cloth or a flag and topped by a simple cross.

Councillor Roy Gladden, Chair of the First World War Commemoration Task Group said: "I hope that as many people as possible will come together to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War. This commemorative event will give a small but very informative insight to the generations of today of what life was like at the time of the outbreak of the First World War. This commemorative event recognises all the Commonwealth countries that were involved during WW1 and representatives from each have been invited to attend."

This will be the first in a series of Commemorative events happening across the Merseyside region over the next four years, marking key dates and events throughout the First World War, and is truly not to be missed.

The First World War Commemoration Task Group is made up of the 6 local authorities Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral as well as the Ministry of Defence and various organisations including SSAFA and the Royal British Legion.

Anyone interested in exhibiting at the event in St Johns Gardens on Saturday 13 September can contact Susan McAdam on 0151 600 2918 or

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Primary Schools Concert

Anglican Cathedral, St James Mount, Liverpool L1 7AZ

Friday 12th September 2014

Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Tickets: Free Event

WW1 Commemoration Day

St Johns Gardens, William Brown Street (Behind St Georges Hall), Liverpool

Saturday 13th September 2014

Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Tickets: Free Event

The Band of the Grenadier Guards

St George's Hall, St George's Pl, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 1JJ

Saturday 13th September 2014

Time: 6.30pm (doors) | 7.30pm (show)
Tickets: £20.00 (Inc Booking Fee)

Purchase in person at TicketQuarter, Queen Square, Liverpool, online at or on 0844 800 0410 or at St George's Hall Shop 0151 225 6909

Drumhead Service

Exchange Flags, Liverpool, L2 3YL

Sunday 14th September 2014

Time: 12:00pm - 12:45pm

Tickets: Free Event




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More about St Georges Hall

This unique neo-classical building is the centre of Liverpool's traditional cultural forum whose foundation stone was laid in 1838. It was built as a result of separate competitions to create a fitting space for the aspirational city to hold its music festivals and other assemblies and contains the vastly ornate Great Hall with its vaulted ceiling, Minton tiled floor, replete with maritime and civic symbolism and is also home to a massive pipe organ. The Small Concert Room at the Northern elevation of the Hall has been described as the 'Albert Hall in miniature' and is circular in design with a proscenium arch stage and is flanked by caryatids, female sculptural figures which are designed to give the impression of supporting the fine lace work of the iron balconies. Unusually, the Hall also houses the Crown and Civil Court which were working courts until the 1980's when the Court Service moved to new premises in Derby Square. The ground floor and basement levels also house holding cells for prisoners and the condemned cell. St George's Hall can lay claim to one of the oldest ventilation and air conditioning systems in the world, the workings of which can be seen in the lower basement level and throughout the Hall.

More about SSAFA

The history of SSAFA is the history of the men and women of Britain's Forces and their families. The vision and drive of one man stands at the heart of the UK's oldest Armed Forces charity. In February 1885, as the Second Expeditionary Force set sail for Egypt, Major James Gildea wrote to The Times appealing for funds and volunteers to look after families left behind. Within three months, the Soldiers' and Sailors' Families Association was born. Since then, we've supported millions of people, and millions more are eligible for help. Through two World Wars and every subsequent conflict involving Britain, SSAFA has been here for our servicemen and women and their families. The ability to adapt quickly to their needs is still at the heart of everything we do. We never stand still, so our new services provide vital support wherever and whenever it is most needed.

More about The Grenadier Guards

King Charles II restored not only Monarchy to England but patronage of the arts, not least by laying the foundations of the Grenadier Guards Band when he commissioned 12 hautbois (early oboe) players to the First Regiment of Foot Guards in 1685. The Regiment was to become known as the Grenadier Guards after their victory on the battle field at Waterloo.

The Grenadier Guards Band has been filling the streets of London with music and colour for over three centuries, a truly historic sound and sight. It is symbolic and emblematic of London and our nation's history. The Band has served 15 monarchs over 325 years with dedication and pride. It has been present at all the major royal occasions: births, coronations, weddings and funerals. The band has been a witness to all London's key historic events both tragic and joyful. It raised morale during the darkest hours of the Second World War and its uplifting music ushered in a new beginning at the Coronation of our present Queen. Throughout its long history the band has travelled abroad frequently. The first recorded visit was in 1701 when William III took three hautbois from the regiment with him on his visit to the Netherlands. Subsequent visits included Paris in 1815 after the Battle of Waterloo, Boston in 1872 and more recently Australia, the United States of America and Canada. There have also been performances in most countries in Western Europe.

The British Grenadiers march is one of the most recognizable and memorable tunes in the world, part of our musical heritage. One of the band's admirers during the 18th century was George Fredrick Handel. He demonstrated his admiration by presenting the march from Scipio to the regiment before he included it in his opera of that name when it was first performed in 1726. Throughout Britain's history the music of the Grenadier Guards has been the backdrop to our national life and identity. It represents our constancy, dignity and artistry.

More about Resonate Liverpool's Music Hub

Resonate is the lead strategic body for music education in the city and is led by Notre Dame Catholic College in partnership with Liverpool's family of schools, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Liverpool City Council. Resonate works in over 100 schools teaching more than 8000 pupils through individual and small group lessons, whole class instrumental lessons, curriculum support and after school clubs.