The experiences of a young soldier killed in the First World War underpins new work by the world-renowned composer and University of Southampton professor, Michael Finnissy.
Remembrance Day draws on the poetry and prose of Henry Lamont Simpson, who was an officer in the Lancashire Fusiliers, and was injured in Belgium in 1917.
He was brought back to Southampton and then treated at a military hospital in Hursley Park near Winchester. Returning to The Front in 1918, he was killed by a sniper while reconnoitring No Man’s Land. He was just 21 years old.
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Michael Finnissy’s piece receives its world premiere at the University’s concert venue Turner Sims on 16 November. Finnissy himself will play the solo piano part, and Henry Lamont Simpson’s great nephew will be in the audience as a special guest.
More than 130 members of the Naval Services have been practising their marching skills ahead of the Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph in London on Sunday November 9.
Dressed smartly in great coats, 96 members of the Royal Navy, 48 Royal Marines, 10 of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service and 10 Royal Fleet Auxiliary sailors have been preparing for the Sunday services.
On Sunday the men and women will be on guard at the parade ground at HMS Excellent in Portsmouth under the watchful eye of the Royal Navy’s State Ceremonial Training Officer Warrant Officer Dickie Henderson and his team of Gunnery Instructors.
Hundreds of people gathered at the cenotaph in Southampton for the annual Remembrance Day service. The city's two MPs and The Lord Mayor along with representatives from all three services and community leaders from all faiths took part.
More than 140 members of the Royal Navy and Marines from Portsmouth have been training ahead of the Remembrance ceremony in London.
The 96 members of the Royal Navy, 8 QARNNS (Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service) and 46 Royal Marines will also be taking part in the Festival of Remembrance.
The members will also be taking place at the Royal Albert Hall and the Lord Mayor's Parade on Saturday as well as the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph in London.
Marching training for all the events has been taking place during the week at HMS Excellent in Whale Island in Portsmouth.
State Ceremonial Training Officer, Warrant Officer Dickie Henderson said: ‘The best part about this training is seeing the final polished article. Having the sailors go out there on the day and do what they have been trained to do is very rewarding.
"The parade is very important for everybody here. It is a day for remembering the fallen from both the Great Wars and more recent conflicts."