Barclays House Choir presents its annual spring concert at St Peter’s Church, Ashley Cross, Poole, on Saturday 19 May at 7.30pm. 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, and in deference to this our concert is entitled ‘Salute to the Fallen.’ Our programme, directed by Helen Brind, is reflective and dramatic, poignant and intense, as we pay tribute and respect to those whose lives were lost or irrevocably affected by the war years.

Opening with the orchestral masterpiece, ‘Mars – the bringer of war’, from Gustav Holst’s ‘Planet Suite’, the choir will then present the beautiful ‘Requiem’ by John Rutter. Written in memory of Rutter’s father, the Requiem is devotional in style, yet fuses traditional and modern interpretations of the form. Overall there is a sense of ‘light and consolation emerging out of darkness and despair’ (Louise Louegner). The second half of the concert opens in a lighter mood with a new arrangement of ‘Tunes from the Trenches’ by Peter Lawson, described as ‘a non-stop medley of tunes from World War One.’ We then move through more reflective pieces to those of remembrance. Our guest soprano soloist, Mari Wyn Williams, will feature in the Rutter Requiem and also perform, with harp accompaniment, the exquisite ‘David of the White Rock’, a feature of the national annual remembrance Sunday. Further orchestral masterpieces will be provided by the St Peter’s Orchestra, including Elgar’s ‘Nimrod’ and ‘Pomp & Circumstance No. 4.’

Tickets, priced £12 (concessions available) can be reserved by telephone (01202 552571) or purchased on the door.

Barclays House Choir gives two concerts each year, in December and May. The December concert is a Christmas concert with carols for the audience to join in. The spring concert often features a major choral work. Both concerts also feature the St Peter’s Orchestra.

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