On Remembrance Sunday the male acappela trio Coope, Boyes and Simpson paid respect to the war dead, and survivors of the first world war with their critically acclaimed spoken word and sung presentation In Flanders Field. Barry Coope, Jim Boyes and Lester Simpson packed a lot into the performance, using well known songs, poems, newspaper articles, and items from the satirical soldier’s newspaper the Ypres Times. The attentive and large audience were taken on a journey that looked at the plight of the soldiers, the full horror of war, the pathos of loved ones left behind, but also included time for more light-hearted stories, such as the watering down of beer, the famous 1914 Christmas Eve truce where peace broke out over a game of football, and the sense of comradeship that was born out of these times. The harmony singing was highly accomplished, being both musical and rhythmic, with sad songs such as Shuffling Jack having a sad narrative, but one of the most upbeat musical performances of the night, while Do You Want Us To Lose The War? had an almost music hall spirit to it. Many songs were performed throughout the evening, mixing well with the poetry of Siegfried Sassoon, GK Chesterton and Rupert Brooke. Lloyd George’s Beer was a comedic song that looked at the ways that the government looked at to save money, before Little Man You’ve Had A Busy Day looked at the day to day life to be endured in the trenches. When This Blasted War is Over was an intensely tuneful mediation on war, while the concert closer The Rhyme of No Man’s Land looked at the loss of life and the pathos on both sides of the war. This was an evening that both remembered and celebrated the lives and times of a whole generation who’s lives were completely changed by World War I, and having it on Remembrance Sunday added a poignancy to the evening.