Ahead of Remembrance Sunday, we take a look at events that will be paying their respects to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War
It is easy to focus on the loss of British soldiers, but there were millions of casualties on both sides of the trenches. Classical composer Nico Muhly’s latest work looks to address this, with an evening of moving letters written home by German and British troops interspersed by music and readings of wartime poetry. Milton Court Concert Hall. Tube: Moorgate. Fri Nov 9. From £15.
The Tower of London’s moat will be getting lit as it is transformed by an eight-day commemorative takeover. The visual and sound installation will change on a daily basis as candles are added between 5pm and 9pm. The display will be completed on Sunday when thousands of individual flames turn the moat into a circle of light. There won’t be a dry eye in the fortress. The Tower of London. Tube: Tower Hill. Until Sun Nov 11. Free.
Following a two-minute silence at 11am on Sunday to mark the end of the First World War, the Imperial War Museum will hold a concert by musicians and poets from youth group Raw Materials. Take the chance to pop in for a final peek at Paul Cummin’s installation of gushing floral ceramics ‘Poppies: Weeping Window’. Imperial War Museum. Tube: Lambeth North. Sun Nov 11. Free.
An alternative take on remembrance is coming to east London this weekend. This free three-day festival will have a programme of cabaret and workshops exploring mental health. Its final event, Sunday Assembly East End, will focus on the relationship between war and PTSD, while the ‘Sex Pistols of Balkan brass’, the Trans-Siberian March Band, will be closing the festival with a bang. Poplar Union. Westferry DLR. Fri Nov 9-Sun Nov 11. Free.
The National Army Museum will be marking a centenary of Armistice with an evening of discussion, music, poetry and crafts. Join documentary maker Dan Cruikshank and Dr Glyn Prysor, chief historian at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for an eve of music, poetry and craft workshops. National Army Museum. Sloane Square. Nov 7. Free.
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