Abergavenny set to mark D-Day

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THE HEROES of D-Day will be honoured at a special concert in Abergavenny to mark the 70th anniversary of the Allies landing in Normandy.

D-Day 70 will feature a world premiere of Lest We Forget by composer Dave Collins, inspired by the selfless sacrifice of those involving in the landings, to be played by Abergavenny Borough Band, with off-stage buglers and spoken text by writer Lewis Wilkinson.

As well as the senior section of the band, the concert will feature its junior section, soloists from St Mary’s Priory Church Choir and the Llanfoist Fawr Primary School Choir, with music ranging from marches to a medley of Vera Lynn songs and a performance of The Quartermaster’s Stores by the school choir.

As part of the long-term friendship between the twinned towns of Abergavenny and of Oestringen Germany, the performance of Lest We Forget will be directed by guest conductor Harald Hepner, director of the Stadtorchester and Musikschule in Ravensburg.

Dave Collins said: “The work reflects our admiration of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice protecting this country, but also acknowledges the violence, horror and destruction caused by war.”

Tickets for the event at St Mary’s Priory Church, Monk Street, on Saturday, June 7, at 7pm, are £10 (concs £8). Tickets for children aged 12 and under are free, and for current and ex-service personnel. They are available from the Tithe Barn, Monk Street, by ringing 01873 856624 or 07971 853951 or on the door.

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