Semper Fidelis – Courage & Sacrifice 1918

Saturday 16th June 2018 at 19:30

Image: Battle of ‘Bois des Buttes’ 27th May 1918. Courtesy of the Trustees – Devonshire & Dorset Regimental Association

As part of national commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity South West Region are hosting a musical contribution to remember the fallen.

An outstanding classical programme of distinguished and timely compositions presented by:

Exeter Symphony Orchestra conducted by Brian Northcott
Exeter Philharmonic Choir led by Stephen Tanner
Sophie Rosa – World-renowned violinist
Timothy Noon – Director of Music, Exeter Cathedral
Elizabeth Jane Baldry – Harpist
Davina Hastings – Soloist
Rachel Firmager – Cello
Pipes and Bugles
Guest Speaker – Lord Julian Fellowes
Compere: BBC Devon’s David Fitzgerald

Ticket information

Front Nave £35, Middle Nave £25, Rear Nave £15, Side Aisles (unreserved) £10 available from Exeter Cathedral Office 01392 285983 (Monday to Friday during office hours) and online.

A premier ticket (£45 to include a Front Nave seat and VIP drinks reception with canapés at 18.15 in the Chapter House) is also available, exclusively from ABF The Soldiers’ Charity SW Office, Wyvern Barracks, Exeter EX2 6AR 01392 496412 southwest@soldierscharity.org

Background history

The 2018 charity concert serves two aims, firstly to commemorate the Battle of ‘Bois des Buttes’ on 27th May 1918 involving our local regiment the 2nd Devons who were wiped out. In recognition of their courage and sacrifice, they were awarded the Croix de Guerre by France.  In 1958 the regiment was amalgamated with the Dorset Regiment to form the Devonshire & Dorset Regiment, which in 2007 was amalgamated with the Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment, the Royal Green Jackets and the Light Infantry to form a new regiment, The Rifles.

Secondly, the concert is to raise funds for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, founded in 1944. Since the end of the Second World War, hundreds of our servicemen and women have given their lives and sustained permanent injuries to their minds and bodies.

Through local connections and association to The Devonshire & Dorset Regiment we ‘Salute our Soldiers’.

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