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On Friday 10 November at 1pm, the Etcetera Civil Service Choir will be holding an Act of Remembrance to mark the centenary of the end of the Battle of Passchendaele. Also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, Passchendaele lasted from 31st July to 10th November 1917, and resulted in 325,000 Allied and 260,000 German casualties including a number of former Board of Trade staff members whose names are recorded on the war memorial.

This commemorative event is being held at the Guards’ Chapel, Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, St James’s Park.

The music will include the London premiere of “In Flanders Fields” – five poems from WWI poets including Siegfried Sassoon and Vera Brittain set to music by Caz Berman – together with excerpts from Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna (Light Eternal).  There will also be readings based on diaries and letters.

The collective Dedication and Act of Remembrance will be led by the Senior Chaplain of the Guards’ Chapel.

Admission is free.  There will be a collection at the end for Armed Forces charities.

Etcetera, a workplace choir,  is the largest and most thriving choir in the Civil Service, with members drawn from a number of Government Departments and other institutions in Westminster and with an ever growing reputation as simply the Civil Service Choir. You can find out more about the group and their other forthcoming events at http://www.civilservicechoir.org.uk.  You can also follow the group on Facebook and Twitter @etceterachoir. 


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