The sound of peace: UK and German parliament choirs unite to honour WW1 Christmas truce

The Parliamentary Choir Concert to commemorate WW1 at Westminster Hall, London.
The Parliamentary Choir Concert to commemorate WW1 at Westminster Hall, London. Credit: PA

Britain and Germany's parliamentary choirs have paid tribute to the Christmas truce of 1914, when British and German troops put down their weapons and joined together to sing carols, play football and exchange gifts.

ITV News Correspondent Emily Morgan reports:

The choir, performing in the splendour of London's Westminster Hall, recreated the sounds of the battlefield when both sides came together.

First World War soldiers on both sides called a Christmas ceasefire in December 1914.
First World War soldiers on both sides called a Christmas ceasefire in December 1914. Credit: ITV News

Conservative MP Caroline Spelman said: "What we're remembering is the fact that soldiers on both sides came out of their trenches in the Christmas of 1914 and sang Christmas carols together.

"They sang in their own language but recognised the tune."

Conservative MP Caroline Spelman speaks to ITV News Correspondent Emily Morgan.
Conservative MP Caroline Spelman speaks to ITV News Correspondent Emily Morgan. Credit: ITV News

Claudia Buelter of the Bundestag Choir said, "This is what peace means I think. Leave our past behind and look to the future and do positive things."