On Christmas Day, Canadians are invited to watch the extraordinary performance of the National Arts Centre Orchestra on CBC Television from Salisbury Cathedral to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.
The haunting beauty of one of the United Kingdom’s most storied cathedrals is the setting for this historic broadcast. The concert includes a solo performance by NAC Music Director Pinchas Zukerman of Bruch’s Concerto No.1, with works by Vaughan Williams and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.
- 12:07 p.m. Right after the Queen’s Christmas Day Message (Local)
- 13:07 p.m. Atlantic Canada
- 13:37 p.m. Newfoundland
- 11:30 p.m. Across Canada except for Newfoundland which will broadcast at Midnight
- 8:00 a.m.
- 13:00 p.m.
- 16:00 p.m.
The National Arts Centre Orchestra toured the United Kingdom for 10 days last October with concerts in Edinburgh, Nottingham, London, Salisbury and Bristol. Under the patronage of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, Presenting Supporter RBC and with major support from the W. Garfield Weston Foundation (Canada),the five-concert, 50 educational event tour commemorated the sacrifice of more than 600,000 Canadians who enlisted to defend Great Britain during the First World War.
One hundred years ago this month, more than 30,000 young Canadian soldiers were experiencing their first Christmas away from home, living in canvas tents while they trained on the cold and muddy Salisbury Plain.
As they marched, and trained for a war that would last more than four years, the landscape they witnessed was dominated by the magnificent Salisbury Cathedral. It was in this exact location that the musicians of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra performed, under the direction of Music Director Pinchas Zukerman.
Canadians can see and hear this extraordinary performance on CBC Television over the holidays. Watch an excerpt of this historic concert.