april, 2019

26apr7:30 pm10:30 pmGraeme Stephen - Letters For Peace

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Event Details

Letters for Peace is Graeme Stephen’s new work composed for string trio and guitar.

Letters written by conscientious objectors who refused conscription to fight during the First World War inspires the music. The work is intended to show the futility of war through the words of objectors who refused to fight and kill for a cause they did not agree with. Their grounds were personal, philosophical or religious. These performances will engage with the public perception of war and highlight the sacrifices made by objectors in the name of peace.
The piece use’s text from letters from conscientious objectors as well as anti-war poetry and images to create a multi-media work which celebrates peace and displays the futility of conflict. Conscientious objectors made a huge sacrifice for their beliefs. They refused to kill their fellow man and, as a consequence were taken from their families and imprisoned in the harshest of conditions. Their stance highlighted the very futility and madness of war: through this new work we celebrate these values.
Today we are regularly bombarded by positive imagery of the military. It has become so normalised that it’s hard to question it. This work is intended to counter this image and challenge public perception of conflict by looking at an often-overlooked part of war’s history. The work is intended to celebrate peace and display the madness of war.

“There is no doubt many kinds of reasons which lead men to become conscientious objectors but I am convinced that the chief reason and the most valid is precisely that sense of the “the solidarity of Mankind’ of ‘Our membership one of another”. – Bertrand Russell

The work is intended to show the futility of war through the words of objectors and will engage with the public perception of war and highlight the sacrifices made by objectors in the name of peace.

This is an important new work by one of Scotland’s leading musicians, a gifted guitarist and an original and always inventive composer.
Tickets £12 from Far from the Madding Crowd

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Organizer

Red Door Presents

Time

(Friday) 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm gmt

Location

Red Door - St Peter's Church

153 High Street, Linlithgow EH49 7AB

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