Monday, 18 December 2017

Hundreds of voices join to remember our fallen soldiers

MORE than 200 singers will congregate on Saturday, April 5 at the concert hall in Reading at 7.30pm for a performance of Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace.

Three Reading choirs — Reading Festival Chorus, Tamesis Chamber Choir and Reading A440 Choir — will join the South Chiltern Choral Society for the concert. Ascot Brass will accompany the singers.

This concert will be part of Reading’s commemorations of the First World War under the aegis of the First World War Centenary Partnership led by the Imperial War Museum. There will be a collection in aid of the British Red Cross. In the first half, the choirs and band will give separate performances of appropriate music.

Ascot Brass will open with a ceremonial fanfare followed by a medley of First World War songs.

The choirs will then sing various appropriate pieces including settings of poems by Wilfred Owen, Greater Love Hath No Man by John Ireland (accompanied on the Father Willis Organ), Roses of Picardy, Douglas Guest’s For the Fallen, and more.

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