This special concert will highlight the stories of soldiers from the island of Ireland who fought and died during the First World War using film, imagery, music and narrative. Their stories will weave their way throughout the concert creating a musical journey of remembrance and reconciliation.
Richard Laird and Tracey McRory will be joined by renowned and champion musicians Darren Milligan and Tom Byrne to take you on a musical journey through the battlefields of the Great War, featuring ‘The Messines Suite’, which reflects both musical cultures on the island of Ireland.
The final piece within the suite called ‘The Long Road’ expresses the synergy between both these divisions leading up to the capture of the village of Wytschaete on 7th June, 1917. This piece was commissioned specially to commemorate the Battle of Messines and performed with The Royal Navy Orchestra at The Island of Ireland Peace Tower, Belgium on the 7th June 2017.