Calling all singers for 'The Great War Symphony'

Perform in the US première at Carnegie Hall, New York on the centenary of Armistice Day

The Great War Symphony will première at London's Royal Albert Hall on 9 October 2018 in aid of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, and in partnership with Classic FM.  The work has also been recorded at Abbey Road Studios for release in September this year.

A month after the world premiere, The Great War Symphony will receive its US première at New York’s Carnegie Hall on 11 November 2018, the exact centenary of the Armistice. Composer of the symphony, Patrick Hawes, is looking for singers to join him on stage in New York.

“The poignancy of performing the US première of the work on Armistice Day makes this a really special event and I’m hoping to have a large group of singers with me to mark this unique occasion. We already have choirs signed up from the UK, US and Germany and we’d love even more to join us. It’s open to individual singers as well as full choirs and is being organised by Distinguished Concerts International New York (, so do get in touch if you are interested in joining me.” 


To take part, email Patrick’s manager at

Sing and play the symphony

Performance materials, including rehearsal CDs for The Great War Symphony have just gone on sale at

The work is written for SATB choir, tenor, soprano and orchestra in four movements, each reflecting a year of the war – Praeludium (1914-1915), March (1915-1916), Elegy (1916-1917) and Finale (1917-1918). The texts include Wilfred Owen’s 1914, Siegfried Sassoon’s diary entry on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, Margaret Postgate Cole’s The Falling Leaves, as well as lesser known words from Sydney Bolitho’s Gallipoli and Moina Michael’s We Shall Keep the Faith.

Discount for members

Making Music members can take advantage of an exclusive discount offer to hire or purchase the performance materials for The Great War Symphony for their own use. The materials are available at a 15% discount to our members, in addition to the 10-15% bulk-buy discounts already available for the vocal scores.

Visit the Hawes Music website or our resources page to find out how to claim your members discount.

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