Thursday, 13 December 2018

Choirs to combine for war commemoration

Two hundred singers will congregate on Saturday April 5 at the Concert Hall, Reading, for a performance of Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace.

South Chiltern Choral Society will join forces with Reading Festival Chorus, Tamesis Chamber Choir, Reading A440 Choir and Ascot Brass for what promises to be an exciting and full-blooded performance.

This concert will be part of Reading’s Great War commemorations and 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 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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