to showcase ‘A Celebration of Peace’

Friday October 26, 2018

Over 360 students from Concord will be taking part in 'A Celebration of Peace' at Theatre Severn on Saturday November 17 at 7.30 pm which will coincide with the anniversary of the ending of the First World War 100 years' ago. The college's 14 international societies will be exploring the universal theme of peace with special highlights expected to be the opening and finale numbers. A total of 120 students will form a choir and Samba band for a colourful opening and the rousing finale will feature representatives from each society with a choir and musicians in what the organisers say will be 'something quite different.' The students have contributed their own interpretation of the theme through music and dance and have written all the drama pieces which will provide thought provoking and poignant moments.  With many students in traditional costume, they will perform traditional songs and classical pieces of music relating to peace. Said Head Girl Alisar:  "Peace has many different meanings and through this showcase I feel as though we have been able to express - and communicate - what peace means to us as a community." Head Boy Mikhail said:  "At this is my first time performing dramatically on stage, I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have helped us all to develop our narratives of peace." Choreographer Ms Maggie Love said:  "I am delighted to be developing the cultural diversity of Concord in such an entertaining medium.  This showcase with the theme of peace will stimulate the senses as well as epitomising the ethos and beliefs of Concord students." Said Principal Neil Hawkins:  "Millions of young men, some just 16 or younger, died in World War One.  Amongst these vast numbers and the somewhat remote black and white photographs that remain, it is easy to forget that they were individual sons, husbands, parents who each had their own hopes, dreams and loves. "Concord’s showcase is a celebration of peace that recognises both the pain of war and the privilege of growing up and growing old." Musical Director Ms Hannah Perrins said:  "Through the musical talents of our gifted students we shall take our audience on a journey to discover the nature of peace." And Theatrical Director Ms Orlagh Russell added:  "Through the medium of drama developed by our talented students, we will explore the different meanings of the word peace and our narratives of peace." Technical Manager Mr Simon Bannister said the Concord showcase would be live streamed around the world to family and friends of the performers. Tickets priced £10 are available from Theatre Severn website , tel: 01743 281281 or email