Friday, 19th November, 2021 marked the centenary of the Ulster Tower, Northern Ireland’s national war memorial. It is located in the Somme, France, along the former German front line, where thousands of young men were killed in the Battle of the Somme in 1916. To this day bodies are still being recovered in the surrounding fields.

For the first time in history, the band of the Defence Forces Ireland and the Royal Irish Regiment joined together. They accompanied a remembrance service at the tower and gave a concert in the basilica in Albert. Emma was honoured to be working with them, and with their conductors Tom Kelly and Richard Douglas, and performing in the presence of various heads of state and diplomats.