Hayley sings at Festival of Remembrance 13 Nov 2010

9 Nov 2010

See below for Video of Hayley's performance, more details and a link to a photo gallery

On Saturday 13 November 2010 at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance Hayley Westenra performs the World Premiere of "For The Fallen" by Karl Jenkins. A studio recording by Hayley of 'For The Fallen' can be found on the 10th Anniversary Edition of Karl Jenkins' "The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace" and which can be obtained from Amazon, HMV, iTunes and all good music sellers.

Highlights of the afternoon performance of the Festival of Remembrance broadcast on BBC Radio 2 at 8pm, while the entire evening performance (attended by Her Majesty The Queen) broadcast on BBC 1 TV and BBC 1 HD TV starting at 9:10 pm.

From the BBC website:

In the presence of Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family, Huw Edwards presents The Royal British Legion's annual Festival of Remembrance, which pays tribute to all victims of war and conflict. Brian May, Kerry Ellis, Hayley Westenra and The Soldiers perform alongside The Massed Bands of the Household Division, the Band of HM Royal Marines, The Queen's Colour Squadron and the Army Physical Training Corps. The Festival includes the traditional two-minute silence as poppy petals fall from the roof of the Royal Albert Hall, each representing a life lost in war.

 

Many thanks to Hayley's management representatives Bandana Management for confirming advance details of Hayley's appearance at this event.

 

UPDATES AFTER THE PERFORMANCE:

For Photo Gallery taken from HD screen captures - click here

For Video of Hayley's entire performance (and additional information) see below

 

In the presence of Her Majesty The Queen, Hayley Westenra sings the hymn "For The Fallen" composed by Karl Jenkins, at The Festival of Remembrance. The reading is by Bernard Cribbins. The performance took place on November 13th 2010 at the Royal Albert Hall in London and was broadcast on BBC 1 TV and BBC1 HD the same day.

Here is a transcript of the introduction
to the performance by BBC announcer Huw Edwards:

"In the final year of the Second World War, a young airman lost his life on a mission over Berlin. It was Pilot Officer Alfryn Jenkins, whose nephew is the eminent composer Karl Jenkins.

For this year's Festival Karl Jenkins has composed a new musical setting for Binyon's timeless words, For The Fallen; it is dedicated to his uncle's memory.

As we prepare to lay the Altar of Drums, can we please give a warm welcome to Hayley Westenra and to Bernard Cribbins, thank you."

Here are the words, by the English poet Laurence Binyon (1869-1943), as performed on this occasion:

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them...

 

 

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