The Queen has led the Royal Family at the annual Festival of Remembrance, held on the eve of Remembrance Sunday. Music, prayer, poems and readings combined to make an evening honouring those who have lost their lives fighting for their country.
The Festival of Remembrance was first held on November 11th 1923. The performance was called In Memory 1914-1918 – A Cenotaph In Sound, in aid of The British Legion, Field Marshal Earl Haig’s Appeal for Ex-Service Men of all Ranks and it featured the premiere of John Foulds' new work, A World Requiem, a Cenotaph in Sound. Now it is a mix of music and words, this year featuring performers including Alexander Armstrong, Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins, that embraces both modern and traditional.