Standing in Line was an incredibly moving and thought provoking event, bringing songs, poems and images from the Great War and one man’s story of going to Passendale and not coming home.

We were fortunate to host such professionals as Lester Simpson, a singer, songwriter, musician and broadcaster who has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company amongst many others.  The story came about when Lester researched his Great Uncle’s fate in the Great War, and was commissioned  by the Peace Concerts Passendale.  Mike Battison is a singer and musician, currently developing musical sessions with dementia patients as well as researching the history of folk music.  Nigel Corbett is a classical musician who has worked with many orchestras and folk groups.  Piet Chielens, the narrator, is the co-ordinator of the In Flanders Field Museum in Belgium.

Coming together, they led us into the human story behind the Great War, and then into the world of the young soldiers and the war graves in an around Belgium and France.  A very interesting evening, made special by such a professional performance.

SMAAAK would like to thank everyone who supported this event and made it possible to bring first class performers to Kingsland, as well as raising funds to benefit the church building.

The next SMAAAK event will take place on Saturday 19th January 2019, when Bowjangles will be performing the Legend of Excalibow.