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- Starts: 14/09/2019 2:00 pm
- Ends: 18/09/2019 10:00 pm
In cooperation with: National Liberation Museum 1944–1945
International Liberation Choir 14-18 September 2019
Music in commemoration of Operation Market Garden – 75 years
Musical Director: Peter Leech (son of a British Veteran)
As an act of remembrance of Operation Market Garden, thirty two individual singers drawn from the countries involved in Operation Market Garden, on both sides, will meet for one week. Under the guidance of Peter Leech, they will work together, rehearse intensively and perform a program of music, some specially composed for the occasion.
The resulting concerts will be a demonstration of the reconciliation which has followed World War II, with the main protagonists joining together in musical harmony.
Choir: 32 invited singers (8S/8A/8T/8B) from the US, Canada, the UK, Poland, Germany and Netherlands.
Participants will receive music scores in advance and are expected to come well prepared, able to sing their parts confidently. Capella/midi files will also be provided.
Singers from the US and Canada are welcome to arrive a day earlier so that they can rest after their journey (no extra cost).
We will sing music by the following composers: Herbert Howells, Charles Hubert Parry, Peter Leech, Thomas Tallis, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Huub de Lange, Kathryn Rose, Michal Ziolkowski, Bartlomiej Pekiel, Hugo Distler, Johann Christoph Bach and Eric Whitacre.
The choir will give three concerts:
Monday 16 September 2019 –Huissen
Tuesday 17 September 2019 – Groesbeek, with the presence of veterans and/or their families
Wednesday 18 September 2019 –Eindhoven
For more information, please contact Beatrix Smit
Email: email@example.com tel.: 0031(0)313-450416
Operation Market Garden was one of the largest Allied operations of the Second World War. It aimed to secure the bridges over the rivers Maas (Meuse), Waal and Rhine in the Netherlands in order to outflank the heavy German defences of the Siegfried Line and to insure a swift advance towards Berlin.
The National Liberation Museum 1944-1945 is located on the site where on 17 September 1944 paratroopers from the 82nd U.S. Airborne Division landed as part of Operation Market Garden. The museum holds a large collection of material concerning Operation Market Garden, the battle for the Reichswald and the Second World War in its broadest sense.
The Bridge over the Rhine at Arnhem was the last bridge that needed to be captured during Operation Market Garden. If the Allies could capture this bridge the road to Germany would lay open. The task of capturing the Rhine Bridge fell to the British 1st Airborne Division.
The Museum shows the course of events during the Battle of Arnhem. This took place in September 1944 in the area between Ede and Arnhem and formed part of the Operation Market Garden. British, American and Polish airborne troops were to take control of the river bridges from the Belgian border to Arnhem.
The Battle of Arnhem, the biggest airborne landing operation of the Second World War, took place in and around Arnhem in September 1944. It formed part of Operation Market Garden. The goal of the Operation was for Polish, British and American airborne forces to capture the important bridges across the Dutch rivers so that ground troops could advance via these bridges. But the Operation failed…
This British war cemetery contains the graves of 1,754 Allied troops. Most of the soldiers who were killed during Operation Market Garden lie buried here.
Operation Market Garden managed to liberate a large part of the Netherlands, but failed in its main objective: outmaneuvering the Germans with a surprise crossing of the Rhine. The Nijmegen-Groesbeek area, conquered during Market Garden, remained in Allied hands and served as a springboard for the successful Rhineland Offensive in February 1945.
To ensure the success of Operation Market Garden, the Allied forces had to capture the bridge in Arnhem. But the light-armed airborne forces stood no chance against two SS Panzer Divisions that happened to be in the area. After desperate fighting and many casualties the Arnhem bridge proved to be ‘a bridge too far’.
Liberation festival with a colourful children’s fleamarket on the museum grounds (10.30 am – 4.30 pm) and many other activities for children. Entry fee adults € 5,00 (incl. parking, museum and festival). Free admission for children under 18.
In September 1944 the main operation for the Netherlans of World War II occurs, Operation Market Garden, which eventually led to the liberation. In the Museum, the occupation, the oppression and the final liberation are extensively exposed. Travel in time with authentic military equipment and beautiful dioramas. Also explore the vehicles, displays, a 3D movie, pictures and experience how it feels like to be a pilot during a flight simulation!