Poignant concert will remember the fallen

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A north Northumberland choir is lining up for a special Remembrance Sunday show.

Alnwick and District Choral Society is starting its 2015/16 series of concerts with a special concert at St Paul’s Church with a rememberance concert including John Rutter’s Requiem.

The special concert also includes an original piece written by the choir’s director Peter Brown.

The piece, named For the Fallen, has been specially written for the concert.

Peter said: “My piece is, For the Fallen, a setting of the famous poem by Laurence Binyon. It includes the iconic words: ‘At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them’.

“It was rather a daunting and somewhat presumptuous task to set this to music, especially as some famous composers have already done so, but I hope I have captured the right tone and that listeners will be moved by it.

“As we are lucky enough to have professional cellist Deborah Thorne with us for the Requiem, I have written a part for her too.

“ Alan Gidney is playing the wonderful St Paul’s organ and he intends to show off the versatility of this splendid instrument. The cello also features in the well-loved Panis Angelicus and the Cantique de Jean Racine.

“The second half of the concert is the beautiful Requiem by John Rutter, full of great tunes – lots of earworms here – including the famous Pie Jesu sung here by local music teacher Frances Buckingham.”

This concert will be followed by the choir’s annual Christmas concert at the Alnwick Playhouse on Saturday, December 19.

The Remembrance Day concert will be at St Paul’s Church on Sunday, November 8. The show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets £10, on the door, students are free. Proceeds will be going to Hospice Care North Northumberland. For further information, contact Brian on 01665 798961.