The Great War Symphony2018-11-19T13:51:48+00:00

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The Great War Symphony is a new choral symphony in aid of SSAFA to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.  The complete work will be premiered in London’s Royal Albert Hall on 9th October 2018 in partnership with Classic FM as part of the national commemorations to mark the end of the centenary.

The concert will bring together the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, London Youth Choir, Berkshire Youth Choir, Invictus Games Choir, Louise Alder (soprano), Joshua Ellicott (tenor) and Military Bands.

The Symphony goes on to receive its U.S. Premiere on the exact centenary of Armistice Day, 11 November 2018.


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Classic FM


Royal Albert Hall, London

9 October 2018


Carnegie Hall, New York & Northrop Auditorium, MN

11 November 2018


BBC interview

Interview – Patrick Hawes

Music & Memories – Uncle Harry

No Cross or Headstone
National Youth Choir of Scotland 

The Dead Soldier
Cross Border Youth Choir (Ireland and N.I.) 

Blow Out, You Bugles
Kana Choir (Wales) 

Music & Memories – Charles & Leslie Carr

Music & Memories – Uncle Bertie

Music & Memories – Stanley Lloyd Sunnucks



We want as many people as possible to become involved in the evolution of this project.  With that in mind, we are pleased to be able to offer FREE DOWNLOADS of Sheet Music from an excerpt of the work – Christian Soldiers – Patrick’s homage to Elgar, which will feature in the first movement of the symphony.

Patrick has created versions of the sheet music of Christian Soldiers; one for Orchestra, one for SATB choir & Organ and another for Brass Band, all available to download for FREE using the links opposite.

And don’t forget, if you do perform it, we’d love to hear from you!

FREE Sheet Music


The Great War Symphony is being organised by a team dedicated to ensuring that those who fought in the First World War are remembered through this tribute in music to their sacrifice.  As well as our media partners at Classic FM, the team is made up of experts in producing large scale concerts, events, and recordings, and we are all aiming to provide an ongoing legacy to SSAFA and the vital role this charity provides to our Armed Forces and their families.

We are governed by a board of Trustees who make and approve our charity’s policy, and we are privileged to have Patrons who have direct family links to the two most senior British commanders in WW1.


Our Trustees are all volunteers who give their time and expertise to the management of The Great War Symphony.  They have ultimate responsibility for directing our affairs and ensuring we are solvent, well-run and that we meet our objectives.  All Trustees meet regularly to discuss the charity’s activities and progress.
  • Lord Astor of Hever (Patron)
  • Andrew Sunnucks (Patron) 
  • Lady Lucy French (Patron & Independent Trustee)
  • Penelope, Viscountess Cobham CBE (Independent Trustee)
  • Major General Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter (Independent Trustee)
  • Mr Christopher Joll (Trustee)
  • Mr Andy Berry (Trustee)
The Great War Symphony is funded by the Chancellor using LIBOR funds.