On Thursday 17 May, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, led a poignant outdoor ceremony to dedicate a memorial, entitled Still Water, created at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire in memory of the British victims of overseas terrorism. Hosted by The Honorable Tobias Ellwood MP who lost his brother in the Bali Bombings of 2002, Orchestra of the Swan was honored to be invited to play for the unveiling of the memorial.
The Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Sajid Javid and Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn were among the VIP guests, as were the many families who had lost loved ones to overseas terrorism.
Following 45 minutes of orchestral music as guests arrived, April Fredrick, soprano, sang Handel’s Lascia ch’io Pianga with Orchestra of the Swan in a beautiful arrangement by David Le Page. She said: “it was an enormous privilege to sing for this event with OOTS, to be the voice of both grief and hope for those who have suffered and lost so much and to provide, I hope, some small measure of comfort, a precious space in time as they mourn”.