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Peter Maxwell Davies

Publisher: Chester Music

The Five Acts of Harry Patch (2008)
Commissioned by Portsmouth Grammar School
Text Writer
Andrew Motion
Chester Music Ltd
Chorus and Orchestra/Ensemble
Year Composed
20 Minutes
SATB chorus and small SA chorus
Solo Instrument(s)
mezzo soprano, baritone
Programme Note
Peter Maxwell Davies The Five Acts of Harry Patch (2008)
This is a work for chorus and orchestra, setting Andrew Motion’s poetry, 'The Last Fighting Tommy' to music. At the time of composition,Harry Patch was 110, the second oldest person in Britain and the last surviving soldier to have fought in the trenches of the First World War. ‘The Five Acts of Harry Patch’ tells the story of his life, from his early childhood in Somerset
through to his experiences during two World Wars and his later years in a care home in
Somerset, England.

Harry Patch died in 2009 at the age of 111.

Preview the score:

  • 09 NOV 2014
    Gloria: A Concert to Commemorate WW1
    Grosvenor Chapel, London
    Voce Chamber Choir
    Suzi Digby, conductor
  • 11 NOV 2011
    St John Smith's Square, London
    Portsmouth Grammar School
  • 29 MAR 2009
    The Grosvenor Chapel, London
    Voce Chamber Choir / London Mozart Players
  • 09 NOV 2008
    Portsmouth Cathedral, Portsmouth
    London Mozart Players / Chamber Choir of Portsmouth Grammar School, Choristers of Portsmouth Cathedral
    Patricia Orr, soprano; Dawid Kimberg, baritone; Martyn Brabbins, conductor

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