Voices from both side of the border unite for Flodden concert

Choir of Local Voices concert in Coldstream
Choir of Local Voices concert in Coldstream

A special concert is due to take place on June 1, in Coldstream Parish Church to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden.

The concert will be performed by the Choir of Local Voices drawn from community choirs, church choirs and individuals from north and south of the border, from Kelso to Berwick and from Wooler to Duns and beyond.

The Choir of Local Voices has been rehearsing hard since early March, under the guidance of its musical director, Marion Dodd.

The choir was brought together to commemorate the losses on both sides at the Battle of Flodden and Rob Kelsey, one of the organisers, said: “We want to commemorate the battle by looking to the future as well as the past. People are coming together from both sides of the border but, instead of armies joining in conflict, we’re a choir joining in harmony.’

“The image that we’ve chosen for the choir depicts two doves, on either side of the River Tweed, singing a blessing together. The blessing uses words adapted from an old Gaelic rune, with music by an English composer.”