We remember Lt-Col John McCrae on the centenary of his passing with a tribute by Hugh Brewster and the Elora Singers. The engaging narrative complemented by remarkable images and video takes us from life in Edwardian Guelph to South Africa during the Boer War to a vice-regal canoe trip to Hudson’s Bay to the trenches of the Western Front. The music ranges from works by Hubert Parry and Edward Elgar to ‘Frog Went a Courtin’ and popular songs of the period.
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In Flanders Fields — Arr. by Derek Healey
Frog Went a Courtin’ — Traditional
The Lord’s My Shepherd — Crimond
Toronto Pride of the North — H.H. Godfrey
‘Fare Thee Well, Love’ – Trad. arr. by Stewart Calvert
Nearer My God to Thee” –Horbury
The Absent-Minded Beggar by Rudyard Kipling, music by Arthur Sullivan
Johnny Canuck is the Lad –H.H. Godfrey
Marching on Pretoria—to tune of ‘Marching Through Georgia’
My Paddle’s Clean and Bright –Traditional
Mosquitos from Due North by Stephen Chatman
Boys from Canada by Alta Lind-Cook
Far, Far From Wipers– to ‘Sing Me to Sleep’
My Soul There is a Country –Sir Hubert Parry
Lux Aeternam – Edward Elgar, adapted from ‘Nimrod’
About Hugh Brewster:
Hugh Brewster is the author of 14 books for young readers and adult on subjects ranging from the world wars to the Titanic. He has also collaborated with Noel Edison and the Elora Festival Singers on concert performances over the last ten years. In 2016 he guest curated a show for Guelph Civic Museum entitled LUCILE: Fashion, Titanic, Scandal. A new play entitled LAST DAY, LAST HOUR: Canada’s Great War on Trial will premiere in Fall 2018 in the Old Bailey courthouse in Cobourg, Ontario.