A local chamber choir is commemorating the end of World War 1 a hundred years ago with a reflection in words and music at St Mary’s Church, Andover on Saturday 14th July. The Harmonium Singers are well known for their thoughtful programmes of smaller-scale choral music often combined with powerful words. ‘Beyond War, Music of Peace’ will be no exception and promises to be a moving experience.
The main work in the programme will be John Rutter’s Requiem, accompanied by a small, high-quality instrumental ensemble. Other music will feature music by composers directly affected by the war, either as active participants, or influencers of that generation and those influenced by them. Hence there will be music by Stanford, Parry (who died in 1918), lesser known composers like Edgar Bainton and Patrick Hadley, and inevitably some unfamiliar names whose careers were cut short.
The choir’s own fundraising means that the costs of putting on the concert have largely been met already. Ticket money will therefore go to the military charity Combat Stress.
The choir’s musical director Bruce Randall explains: ‘In 2014 we marked the centenary of the start of the Great War with the Fauré Requiem, and other music interspersed with words from the trenches. Four years on we have a rather different angle, looking at the lives of affected composers, and a different Requiem. It should be a very thought-provoking and memorable event for the town. And we believe it will be a fitting commemoration in this military area, while directly benefiting military personnel in need.’
The performance begins at 7.30pm in the inspiring setting of St Mary’s Church, Andover. Tickets are £10 in advance from Newbury Building Society, The Lights and choir members, or £12 at the door.