Christmas Truce Concert
Download details for ‘Voices of the 1914 Christmas Truce’ concert in Christ Church Cathedral on Saturday, 7 December 2013, at 8 p.m.
It will be a very moving evening and I’d really appreciate if you would consider coming, and encouraging your family and friends to come also. Proceeds from the concert will go towards the Omagh-Waterford Peace Choir, and the National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght, and the Little Prince Children’s Hospital, Brazil.
One of the Christmas Truce voices was a young British soldier, Albert Moren who, recalling the trenches near La Chapelle d’Armentieres, France, 12 kilometres from Messines, Flanders, wrote:
“It was a beautiful moonlit night, frost on the ground, white almost everywhere; … there was a lot of commotion in the German trenches and then there were those lights – I don’t know what they were. And then they sang “Stille Nacht” – “Silent Night”. I shall never forget it. It was one of the highlights of my life.
The Irish participated in the Christmas Truce also. The regimental history of the 13th London Regiment records:
We were a little embarrassed by this sudden comradeship, and, as a lasting joke against us, let it be said that the order was given to stand to arms. But we did not fire, for the battalion on our right, the Royal Irish Fusiliers, with their national sense of humour, answered the enemy’s salutations with songs and jokes and made appointments in No Man’s Land for Christmas Day. We felt small and subdued and spent the remainder of Christmas Eve in watching the lights flicker and fade on the Christmas trees in their trenches and in hearing the voices grow fainter and eventually cease.
I can assure you that all attending the ‘Voices of the Christmas Truce’ concert will be moved by the memories evoked by young Albert Moren, and other soldiers, from that extraordinary night during the first Christmas of World War One, beautifully complimented by the singing of the Omagh-Waterford Peace Choir, and special guests.
I would be very grateful if you could help me to spread the word far and wide through your email contacts, networks, Facebook, etc. and all and anyone you might think would be interested in coming to the concert. It’s important we have a full Cathedral to honour this wonderful Island of Ireland Peace Choir which emerged from the pain and suffering of the 1998 Omagh Bomb.
It will be good to see you on the night. Please come if you can.
Christmas Truce and Flanders Peace Field Project