Armistice events at St John’s Church

Five days in November will see events to mark the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War at St John’s Church, Kensal Green.

Everyone is welcome to support and join in with these events. If you’ve never experience live, classical music, Friday’s event is a wonderful opportunity for a short taster. The events are free but donations will be most welcome.

Pupils and staff from Ark Franklin, Kensal Rise and Bales College will visit the church over three days to see the war memorial and reflect on themes of war and peace.

On Friday 9th November there will be a free classical concert at 7.30pm (more details at the bottom of this post) followed by refreshments, in support of the Royal British Legion and on Saturday 10th November there will be a coffee morning at 11.30am. A sing along with Sue Kennet of popular songs follows at 4pm with Afternoon Tea.

On Sunday 11th November the two minutes silence and wreath laying takes place at 11am in church.

Fr David Ackerman, Vicar of St John’s says:

“We mark this year the centenary of the end of the First World War and on the 11th remember all those whose lives were given in the service of others. Remembering means not forgetting. Not forgetting the freedoms we enjoy or the peace we can take for granted, but also not forgetting those who have died fighting for our freedom.

The concert on the 9th November will include piano music written after the war for one hand, a reminder of the human cost of war. I hope especially that many will come to this concert and it has been planned for under an hour so that families might come.

All our events support the work of the Royal British Legion, which does so much for ex-servicemen and women today”

Friday’s concert will be as follows:

Piotr Rozanski – piano
Romana Szczepaniak – violin
Jaga Klimaszewska – violina
Stella Nedeva – viola
Sophie Gledhill – cello

A.Skriabin – Preludium and Nocturne op.9 for the left hand
R.Ryterband – Souvenir d’un bal for left hand – UK premiere
W.A.Mozart – Divertimento in D major K.136
E.Elgar – Nimrod – Enigma Variations
E.Elgar – Quartet in E minor