Big Sing event planned to mark centenary of WWI

Gardner Memorial Church
Gardner Memorial Church

The Gardner Memorial Church is set to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War by hosting a Big Sing event.

The event plans to use music to recollect the precariousness of life in a time of conflict.

The Big Sing will use the works of composers and the popular songs of the day.

Posters are going up recruiting for the performance. A spokesperson explained: “All that is needed is an enjoyment of singing. The songs will be familiar and tuneful and the programme will stretch a long way from Tipperary to the White Cliffs of Dover, taking in a hundred years of song, songs that lifted the spirits in dark and dangerous days.”

A workshop will take place on Saturday, November 1, from 10 a.m. until 12.30 p.m., with a rehearsal scheduled a rehearsal from 3 to 5.30 p.m. on Saturday, November 8.

On the evening of the Big Sing the commanding officer, otherwise the Master of Ceremonies, will be Joe Wishart. The Band Master, or Conductor, will be Ron Stewart and John Gove will be on duty as accompanist. The Last Post will be played on the trumpet by Kirstina Fairweather at the close of the evening.

More information is available from the church office on 01356 629191, e-mail or The Gardner is doing this with the support of the national Last Post Project and the First World War Centenary organisation.

The spokesperson added: “Nobody is too young or too old to be part of the event. Audience participation is essential.”