On Sunday 18th May, 5 cadets from Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing went to Birmingham Town Hall to take part in a commemorative concert led by the Canoldir Male Voice Choir (who have been together since 1966!). The concert included an act of remembrance for the many people who lost their lives during World War 1, which began 100 years ago.
We arrived at the Town Hall at 16:00 in the blazing heat, to participate in rehearsals. There were standard bearers from all across Warwickshire, with representatives from the Royal British Legion, ACF and Sea Cadets, to name a few. After practicing on-stage and finding out our positions, we were given free time. During this time, we were able to explore backstage, meet star guests (including the Canoldir choir) and spend some time walking around sunny Birmingham.
At 19:30, it was time for us to go on! We gathered the standards, checked one another's uniform and lined up. Once we were on stage we were able to sit with the standards and enjoy the spectacular, uplifting performances from several pianists, a violinist and opera singer, as well as Four Oaks Cluster Choir. There was then a period of remembrance, during which drums from WW1 were officially laid out in the centre of the stage with 2 standards (a tradition carried out at the front, on Sundays during the war, when church services were not able to take place). The Last Post was played and there were 2 minutes of silence to reflect on the sacrifices made by so many. The standards were dipped until the reveille.
It was incredibly emotional to take part in such a wonderful event; it was humbling to see so many generations from our community gathered together. I made some good friends during the day and will take away many memories to treasure.
Thank you to The Royal British Legion, The Poppy Appeal & The Canoldir Male Voice Choir