The Five Acts of Harry Patch

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (1934)

The Five Acts of Harry Patch 2008

0000 - 2320 - timp - strings
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This is a work for chorus and orchestra, setting Andrew Motion’s poetry, 'The Last Fighting Tommy' to music. At the time of composition,Harry Patch was 110, the second oldest person in Britain and the last surviving soldier to have fought in the trenches of the First World War. ‘The Five Acts of Harry Patch’ tells the story of his life, from his early childhood in Somerset through to his experiences during two World Wars and his later years in a care home in Somerset, England.

Harry Patch died in 2009 at the age of 111.

Performances 
9.11.08 Portsmouth Cathedral: Patricia Orr/Dawid Kimberg/Chamber Choir of Portsmouth Grammar School/Choristers of Portsmouth Cathedral/London Mozart Players /Martyn Brabbins
29.3.09 The Grosvenor Chapel, London: Voce Chamber Choir / London Mozart Players
11.11.11 St John's Smith Square, London: Portsmouth Grammar School
9.11.14 'Gloria: A Concert to Commemorate WW1' Grosvenor Chapel, London: Voce Chamber Choir/Suzi Digby
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Horn
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Trumpet
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Trombone
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Timpani
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