ALIQUANDO Chamber Choir of Henley has commissioned a special piece of music to commemorate the start of the Great War in time for next year’s centenary.
Composer Patrick Hawes has agreed to compose a work for the choir based on a poem by war poet Wilfred Owen.
Musical director Anne Evans said: “We have just signed a commissioning contract with composer Patrick Hawes to write a work for us to the words of Wilfred Owen’s I Know The Music. This will be in time for Henley’s 2014 year-long sequence of events to commemorate the start of the First World War.
“Patrick will conduct the In Memoriam — Lest We Forget concert in aid of the Royal British Legion on November 8, 2014 when the new work will receive its world première. Anyone who heard Patrick Hawes’ inspirational Song Of Songs at last year’s concert will know what a special treat is in store for us all.”
The choir will be performing a concert tomorrow (Saturday) in aid of the Chiltern Centre for disabled children. The concert, at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church, will showcase the talent of Henley pianist Anita D’Attellis and the West Forest Sinfonia as well as the chamber choir.
The evening’s repertoire includes Elgar’s Sea Pictures, recently arranged for full choir, Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna and Pastoral Mass by Czech composer Jiri Pavlica.
Anita D’Attellis will plays Chopin’s Fantaisie-Impromptu In C Sharp Minor, his Polonaise In A Flat and Liszt/Schumann’s Devotion.
Tickets at £15 will be available on the door.