In 1914 two armies found themselves on either side of the front line in a war that was meant to be over in time for Christmas. Through tobacco, football and song, many put down their weapons on Christmas Eve, sharing a common humanity in what we now call the ‘Christmas Truce’.
In May 2014 the Festival marked the centenary of the truce with a new commission for massed male voices. The Festival recruited more than 100 male singers – beginners and experienced - to work with composer Lucy Pankhurst and conductor Howard Moody to create the first performance this summer.
A video of the final song performed in the centre of Salisbury Cathedral Cloisters.