The Great War Remembered Concert
The concert that helps to support our mission.
Annual concert on Armistice Day
Each year on Armistice Day, the Association organises the Great War Remembered concert in St. Martin’s Cathedral in Ieper. The concert aims to contribute to the nation’s annual day of remembrance by turning the clock back more than 100 years and immersing the public in the atmosphere of the Great War. Instrumental and vocal music of the very highest quality, combined with a series of original First World War images, make this concert a unique experience.
We offer our 2,700 spectators a moving musical evocation of one of the world’s most terrible conflicts in the imposing setting of Ieper’s magnificent cathedral. The concert is one of the main fundraising activities of the Last Post Association.
- 11/11/2022: 17h00
- 12/11/2022: 17h00 & 20h30
- numbered seats
- e-tickets only
Where words fail, music speaks
Royal Harmony Ypriana
The Royal Ypriana Concert Band, led for more than 25 years by director Nico Logghe, is a contemporary music ensemble with over 80 gifted musicians, some of who are professional players.
What makes the band so distinctive is the comfortable manner in which they feel ‘at home’ with many different kinds of music.
Ypres Surrey Pipes & Drums
The Ypres Surrey Pipes and Drums first saw the light of day in 2007. Under the leadership of Pipe-Major Eric Remy, the YSPD has grown not only into a fine band, but also a close group of friends. Weekly rehearsals over many years allow the group to perform as a complete and harmonious musical whole.
Last Post Association
The Last Post is daily played under the Menin Gate in honour of the memory of the soldiers of the former British Empire and its allies, who died in the Ypres Salient during the First World War.
Chorus, led by director Tineke Devoghel, is a mixed four-voice choir. It is often accompanied by its own small orchestra, which includes a piano, flutes, clarinets and a trumpet, with other specific instruments (for example, bagpipes) being added, when needed.
In 2018, during a recording made with Arnout Hauben in Talbot House in Poperinge, Jef Neve performed on his iconic piano a very intense and beautiful version of his song ‘Solitude’. In addition to his undoubted musical talent, this was one of the main reasons for inviting him to take part in the Great War Remembered concerts in 2022.
Photo: © Cees van de Ven
Patrick Riguelle is a respected and celebrated singer, a true ‘musician’s musician’. Over the years, he has earned his spurs as the frontman of his own band(s) and as the sidekick of God en Klein Pierke. For twelve seasons of ‘De Laatste Show’ on Belgian television, he accompanied famous (and sometimes less famous) stars as the leader of the programme’s resident band. He has also performed as a guest artist at the Passendale Peace Concerts and the concert ‘Ypres, as we remember…’.
‘Ramses Shaffy and Jacques Brel are both as close to my heart as Mahler.’ This comment from an interview in the ‘Standaard’ newspaper typifies Frans Grapperhaus and his musical diversity. Amongst others, he has played with Mauro Pawlowski, Kommil Foo and Anouk, as well as making an outstanding record (Dit is de bedoeling) with Broeder Dieleman and Wannes Cappelle. In short, an artist who combines musical virtuosity with limitless passion…
Photo: © Luk Vilain
Brad is a Professor of Trumpet at Western Carolina University in North Carolina, USA. He’s equally interested in WWI. He is a member of System 5 Brass, a professional brass quintet consisting of the top brass players/teachers from five different universities in North Carolina. It is a fantastic ensemble.
Chorus Youth choir
Info will soon follow.
Tineke is director of the Chorus choir and music ensemble, De Reutelnoot and the Ieper Children’s Orchestra. She plays flute and piccolo in the Royal Ypriana Concert Band and in the ‘Jongelingskring’ Royal Concert Orchestra.
As the conductor of various orchestras, Nico has built up a solid reputation. He has won several awards at international music competitions and shared major podiums with famous artists. He is currently the artistic director of the Jongelingskring, the Royal Ypriana Concert Band and the Westhoek Consort chamber orchestra.
Ddirector / Actor
Bart Cafmeyer is a drama teacher, producer of pageants and spectacles (both great and small, including the Ieper Cat’s Festival) and a theatre director, as well as being an accomplished actor in his own right. His most recent monologue ‘t Was ol Weg (Everything was gone) tells the story of the rebuilding of Ieper and Flanders after the First World War, a story into which the moving and inspiring songs of Kobe Sercu are carefully interwoven. A number of fragments from this monologue will be performed during TGWR.
This is an overview of the seating areas for spectators.
- Entrance 1 (red)
- Entrance 2 (yellow)
St. Martin’s Cathedral, on the Vandenpeereboomplein in Ieper (behind the Cloth Hall), was completely destroyed during the First World War and rebuilt afterwards.
Because the concert takes place during the busy 11 November period, parking opportunities in the city centre are very limited. Sufficient parking spaces are usually available on either the Minneplein (500 metres) or Oudstrijderslaan (1000 metres).
Are you looking forward to the 2023 concert?
It is already possible to pre-register for 2023! Fill in the form below and as soon as the tickets are available, we will let you know.