4 Nov 2018
Recorded at Christ Church in Oxton, with participants from local choirs and church members, this is a special programme made as a tribute to Wilfred Owen and the end of WW1. Available on iplayer until 3rd December 2018
Birkonian Patricia Routledge reads 'Anthem for Doomed Youth'
"What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
— Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,—
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
And bugles calling for them from sad shires.
What candles may be held to speed them all?
Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes.
The pallor of girls’ brows shall be their pall;
Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds."
Website by TDL Web Developments