Concert to remember war heroes

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This summer will see numerous events right across the world to mark the 100th anniversary of WW1 and this weekend its the turn of the Mid-Northumberland Chorus.

The 60 strong community choir present concerts right throughout Northumberland and they’ve had a busy year so far. In February the chorus joined forces with Morpeth’s KEVI School to perform Fauré’s ‘Requiem’ and the ‘Benedicite’ by Andrew Carter at the Riverside Leisure Centre in Morpeth.

Their chosen venue for their latest show is St Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh, where they will perform on Saturday evening.

The revue carries the poignant title of ‘Lest We Forget’ and will unite singers will talented musicians for a programme which includes music by Vaughn Williams, Puccini and Carl Jenkins.

Soloists on the evening, which will also have a nod to the Lindisfarne Gospels, will include baritone Jake Hardiment and Emma Straughan on oboe.

The Mid-Northumberland Chorus was formed in 1981 and current conductor Paul Toward has been actively engaged with the musical scene in Northumberland for more years than he cares to remember.

Before taking over as musical director for Mid-Northumberland Chorus he sang with Alnwick & District Choral Society as a tenor chorus member and undertook on occasions the role of assistant Musical Director

He will lead the Chorus in a programme which will begin on a very strong First World War note with an arrangement of Sir Henry Walford Davies ‘Solemn Melody’. The familiar piece of music is inextricably linked to ‘solemn’ occasions and is arguably Davies’ most famous work.

Just as the first half of the concert will carry a military theme, the second will concern itself with the Lindisfarne Gospels with the Chorus performing ‘With the Ebb & the Flow’- a celebration of the life of The Venerable Bede written for the Chorus in 2000 by local composer Derek Hobbs and librettist Mike Kirkup for a millennium concert..

Saturday’s performance begins at 7.30pm.