Honley Ladies Choir share emotive video tribute for Remembrance Day 2021

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Ahead of Remembrance Day (11th November 2021), Honley Ladies Choir have created an emotive video showcasing Simon Armitage’s ‘The Bed’ poem. 

The poem was penned to mark the 100th anniversary of the burial of the Unknown Warrior and charts how the fallen soldier is transported from being “broken and sleeping rough in a dirt grave” to being buried “among drowsing poets and dozing saints” in Westminster Abbey.

Taking a recording of a performance by Marsden born Poet Laureate Simon Armitage of ‘The Bed’ on Remembrance Day in 2020,  Honley Ladies Choir Musical Director, Emily Reaves-Bradley, has produced a hauntingly beautiful video to commemorate this year’s tribute. 

The video includes images from WW1 and was shot on Castle Hill, Huddersfield as well as the Honley Ladies Choir rehearsal church. 

The full video can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gwq24elKBm4   

Commenting on the creation of the video, Councillor Will Simpson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees said: “Honley Ladies Choir recently got in touch to share the video with the team here at Kirklees Council. We thought it was such a touching piece of work that it deserved to be seen far and wide.

“The creativity shown by the amazing communities and groups like Honley Ladies Choir here in Kirklees, demonstrate the skills, passion and talent in our region, which will be central to our work as we develop the Kirklees Year of Music 2023 programme.”

To find out more about Honley Ladies Choir please visit: https://www.honleyladies.org/

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