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John McCrae: His Life In Words, Images and Song

January 28 @ 3:00 pm

| $25

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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Music Programme

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.


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35 Woolwich Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 3V1 Canada
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