Concert to remember

The Mid-Northumberland Chorus
The Mid-Northumberland Chorus

This summer will see numerous events right across the world to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War and this weekend it’s the turn of the Mid-Northumberland Chorus.

The 60-strong community choir presents concerts right throughout the county 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 the latest show is St Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh, where they will perform on Saturday evening.

The revue carries the poignant title Lest We Forget and will unite singers with 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 the county for more years than he cares to remember.

Before taking over as musical director for the Mid-Northumberland Chorus, he sang with Alnwick and District Choral Society as a tenor chorus member and undertook on occasion 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 and 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.