Students Perform at Town’s Holocaust Memorial Service
Wednesday, 27 January 2016
Pupils from Bolton School played their part in a tribute by the town’s schoolchildren, community and civic leaders to remember the victims of the Holocaust. Year 12 student Matthew Kay opened the service singing “I Believe in the Sun” (words etched on a cell wall in Cologne where Jews had been hiding) and Canon Matt Thompson, Vicar of Bolton, welcomed the audience to the University Technical College, Bolton, who hosted the event. The Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Carole Swarbrick and Leader of the Council, Cllr Cliff Morris both emphasised this year’s important theme of “DON’T JUST STAND BY” and how it is important that we do not ignore the suffering of innocent people. The Mayor said it is vital that the civilised world works together with the United Nations to stand up for fairness, justice, protection, wellbeing and the preservation of rich cultures throughout the world. Cllr Morris said he was proud of the town’s history of being a place of safe haven for people displaced by Holocaust, Genocide and war.
Year 13 student Riya Kalhan sang an entrancing version of Elgar’s “Where Corals Lie” and Ella Kaut-Howson from Year 9 read a captivating extract from her Great Grandmother’s war diary (she was a Polish Jew who escaped the Nazis with her two daughters). There was a powerful rendition of “Hazkarah” in English and Hebrew, a Jewish memorial prayer by Rabbi Lever and readings from children from Gilnow Primary School, St Brendan's RCP, St Michael's CEP, Ladywood School, Brandwood School and Horwich CEP. Members of the audience lit candles of hope and the service drew to a close with Carl Austin's violin piece "Elegy for Solo Viola" by Stravinsky.
Artwork from sixteen Year 9 girls and boys was also on display. The pupils had composed pieces using a medium of their choice to raise awareness and understanding of the Holocaust, after they had been inspired by a presentation and workshop by visiting artist Caroline Slifkin.