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Little Chamber has been creating Remembrance Day events since 2014, and never before have I struggled with what to do. The plan for this year was to gather 100 brass players again for a remount of Centum Corpora, but something I'm finding it impossible to envision events that don't in some way reflect or comment on the pandemic times we're still navigating; wayyyy back in June, remounting Centum Corpora was as much a way of marking the end of Covid restrictions as a Remembrance event, but of course we're not there yet. With Centum feeling wrong, I spent an incredible amount of time debating and questioning this with myself, and it got to the point very recently where I either had to cancel or reimagine the entire event.

Remembering Together, Apart is the answer I came up with for an event that I hope will be meaningful and help us reflect on the human cost of war. To quote the Beatles, this is all coming together with a little help from my friends, in this case the amazing people of musica intima, the Vancouver Bach Choir and the Vancouver Youth Choir. The seed for this project was last year's collaboration with the Bach Choir and the power I felt having the names of the fallen sung out loud in the cemetery. This year the plan is for several thousand names to be spoken in the cemetery and those lives remembered in a small way.

I'm eternally grateful to have a creative community I can turn to when I need a hand, and who are willing to trust me and my vision. Coupled with our audience and the faith they have in Little Chamber Music, I know Remembering Together, Apart will be a beautiful and moving event, please join us.

Mark Haney
Managing Artistic Director
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Mountain View Cemetery, Abray Field of Honour
photo by Wayne Worden

A Musical Remembrance Ceremony

On November 11, join us for a very special event of musical remembrance: Remembering Together, Apart.

When envisioning the event for this year, we wanted an occurrence that could not possibly be captured or shared digitally, something that could only be experienced in person at the cemetery, and that in some way reflected the common experiences of the last 20 months while bringing us together in remembrance.

Our Remembrance Day events have always focused on the human cost of war; there are no anthems or flags, and we reflect on the individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice for their communities. Remembering Together, Apart follows that tradition and builds on it. 

11 brass players and 3 choirs: musica intima, The Vancouver Bach Choir and the Vancouver Youth Choir, will all gather, and sing/play a simple Phrase of Remembrance together. All the performers will then begin to move away from each other, and each person in their own time will read a name out loud from a grave marker, and then sing or play the Phrase of Remembrance, repeating this 11 times. Both together as a group, and as separate, independent voices, we are unified in the belief that war must not happen again as the human cost is far too high.

Over 12,000 veterans rest in Mountain View, and the hope is this event will speak several thousand names out loud, and each of those people will be given a small moment of individual reflection.

We will be performing this musical ceremony three times: at 11am, 12pm and 1pm. The 11am performance will take place in Abray South Field of Honour, 12pm in Abray North Field of Honour, and 1pm in the Horne Field of Honour. The map below shows where the starting points will be for each performance: #1 is 11am in Abray South, #2 is 12pm in Abray North, and #3 is 1pm in Horne.

We invite all of you to join us in silent meditation as the music and performers move across the vast Fields of Honour, and to reflect on the sacrifices made by so many. Your presence to witness the ceremony and hear the names and repetition of the Phrase of Remembrance is what will give this unique performance life and power.

We respectfully acknowledge that our work and gatherings take place on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples– the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

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