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"Oh What a Lovely War-Resistance”
A musical evening showing historic opposition to war has been organised to mark 100 years since the start of conscription.
One of the organisers, Valerie Flessati of the Haringey First World War Peace Forum, said: “We want to give people the opportunity to discover the stories of those who were courageous enough to resist the First World War’s recruitment campaigns and conscription.”
The evening will help answer the question of who opposed the war 100 years ago and why did they do it? What kind of politics, patriotism and faith did they have?
Clive Barrett, Chair of the Peace Museum, Bradford, will offer an illustrated presentation on the conscientious objectors of the First World War - including some local stories - interspersed with examples of the music that inspired them.
Everyone is welcome to attend and sing along to songs of courage and conscience, with the help of a choir. Oh What a Lovely War-Resistance” will take place on Monday, February 29, at 7pm at St Augustine’s Church, Mattison Road, London N4 1BG (London Catholic Worker).
Entry is by donations at the door towards expenses.
The evening has been organised by the Haringey First World War Peace Forum, Hinde Street Methodist Church, the Methodist Peace Fellowship, the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship and Pax Christi.