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Tickets are now on sale for ‘Lest We Forget’ - a performance on Thursday 19 March at the Bournemouth International Centre by up to 500 young musicians, singers and dancers from across Dorset, commemorating the centenary of the First World War.

Lest We Forget concert
Co-ordinated by Dorset County Council’s Dorset Music Service, and Soundstorm, the music service for Bournemouth and Poole, the evening will be one of the few children’s performances marking the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War.

The concert will follow the progress of the war, starting before the war is announced in 1914, and finishing with the Armistice in 1918. Bournemouth Symphony Musicians will be playing alongside the young musicians and performers from Dorset.

The concert will culminate with 'Lest We Forget', a song of remembrance. The song’s lyrics were written by Dorset-based Dr Ron Dawson, author of the popular ‘Adventures of Scary Bones the Skeleton’. Dr Dawson also co-composed the song’s music with Kevin Morgan of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Dr Dawson explains how the song became the inspiration for a children's concert:

'Within a few months of writing 'Lest we Forget' I was sent a recording of it being sung by a choir of Canadian primary school children. As I listened to it I realised that it is with today's children that Remembrance of the fallen ultimately depends. It seemed so obvious and yet children are overlooked in so many commemorations. I subsequently developed the idea of a dedicated Children's WW1 Centenary Concert and put it as a proposal to the Dorset Music Service and Soundstorm. To their great credit, they not only took up the idea, they extended it and have devised what I believe will be a truly memorable Remembrance performance for and by the children of Dorset.’

Cllr Toni Coombs, Dorset County Council Cabinet member for children’s services, said: "This event is set to be a unique experience, showcasing the talents of hundreds of children from right across Dorset. The performers have been rehearsing for months, and the result is sure to be an impressive, uplifting and fitting tribute to all who served in World War One."

Cllr Nicola Greene, Bournemouth Council’s cabinet member for Children’s Services and Education, said: "This is an incredible opportunity for all those young people who are taking part to have the chance to work alongside professional musicians. Everyone involved should feel immensely proud of their contribution to what, I am sure, will be a very moving experience."

Cllr Janet Walton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Families and Young People, Borough of Poole, said: "We are very proud of all the young people who are taking part in the concert. Performing with professional musicians is a great opportunity for the young singers and musicians, whilst also giving them the chance to pay tribute to previous generations."

Bath Philharmonia’s participation team, Music in Action has also been working with singers from Parkstone Grammar School to develop an original composition drawn from the story of 12-year-old Sidney Lewis, the youngest soldier who fought in the war, who was recalled from the trenches when his mother alerted the War Office. His son Colin, who now lives in Poole, has provided input and the project has been supported by the Imperial War Museum in London, who have kindly provided copies of the original documentation and correspondence.

Tickets for ‘Lest We Forget’, priced at £10 – £15, are on sale now at www.bic.co.uk/whats-on/lest-we-forget-15/, by calling 0844 576 3000 or in person at the BIC Box Office.