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Bromley to remember lives of WWI through music

PUBLISHED: 09:37 03 October 2014 | UPDATED: 09:37 03 October 2014

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Events supported by celebrities including Ben Elton

Community organisations across Bromley can sign up for the First World War centenary project The Last Post and join hundreds of groups around the UK hosting remembrance events that will commemorate local history, play music from the World War One era and see the Last Post played on a variety of different instruments.

Designed and run by arts organisation Superact with support from the Department for Communities and Local Government, The Last Post project has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to roll out the project in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in 2014.

In London a diverse range of groups have already signed up for the project and more are being urged to join to unlock local World War One heritage.

Groups involved so far include:

Leyton Orient FC Supporters Club - Matchroom Stadium, London - 8th November

At half time of an FA Cup match, Leyton Orient FC Supporters Club will play the Last Post in front of 6,000+ fans for former players of Clapton Orient who fought and died during the First World War.

The MET Police Choir & Sing! Epsom Downs – Surrey - 18th November

In a concert by 3 choirs; Sing! The Met police choir and Beacon school choir there will be a mix of modern, WW1 era songs and the Last Post to raise money for the RBL and for families of the Met police who died on duty.

Innovative Vision – London - 18th November

Innovative Vision will have story telling through music of memories of the war by the elders in the community while Great Great Grandchildren of heroes of ww1 will share stories through music dance and drum Drama staged in form of music and dance with a performance of the Last Post.

All types of community groups in Bromley are encouraged to get involved with the project and remember the First World War generation with music.

Katharine Lane, project manager for The Last Post said: “The Last Post project is a unique project and offers a creative opportunity for community groups to commemorate the First World War centenary.

“Whether you are an experienced event organiser or it’s your first time, here at Superact we offer free event toolkits, a Last Post songbook and have a team on hand to help people plan events.”

The Last Post Songbook, which is authored by Bellowhead’s Paul Sartin is part of a range of free resources provided by Superact to support organisations wishing to host an event this November. Including 15 songs from the World War One era, the songbook also includes music arrangements for the Last Post to be played on piano, mandolin, guitar and bagpipes and more.

TV personalities Hugh Dennis and Ben Elton and a range of other participants and celebrities have published short videos online backing the project and sharing who they would play their last post for.

For Ben Elton, the inspiration was his grandfather Victor, who fought for four years in the German trenches, earning him a German military honour, the Iron Cross. Twenty years later he fled Germany as a Jewish refugee to seek sanctuary in Britain, the country he’d fought during the First World War.

Those wishing to find out more can make use of free event resources on the Last Post website or alternatively attend a Last Post briefing session which is happening in London at 14:00 on the 17th October at St Andrew Holborn Church.

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