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Voices of Remembrance by Composer Laura Rossi
November 3rd @ 7:30 pm£20.00
Voices of Remembrance by Laura Rossi
When writing a new score for the famous IWM 1916 film The Battle of the Somme, Laura discovered her great uncle Fred was a stretcher bearer attached to the 29th Division on July 1st 1916. Through his diaries she retraced his footsteps across the Somme Battlefields. He was the only one of his pals who survived.
‘Reading my uncle’s diaries and remembering his voice made the connection to that time so much more vivid and had a profound effect on me. I wanted to go deeper into the feelings and emotions that the personal connection to the battle, the soldiers, and remembering my uncle brought to me.
Music and poetry have a unique way of helping us to get closer to the thoughts and feelings of the soldiers. The voices, the words reach out to us from behind the grainy black and white images from so long ago.’
”We will remember them.” – Laura Rossi
The evening will also feature Faure Requiem by Gabriel Faure
The exquisite Requiem Mass was first performed in Paris in 1888.
Though much smaller in scale than most settings of the Requiem Mass, it is one of the most deeply felt. Faure’s setting seems gentle and unassuming, yet it is this very quality which contributes so eloquently to the work’s universal appeal. It is impossible not to be moved by the ethereal beauty of this miniature masterpiece.
Cantiones – Founded in 1982, mixed choir Cantiones has grown from 15 voices dedicated to performing some of the more traditional chamber music repertoire to its current membership of 38, now encompassing a wider repertoire yet maintaining a reputation for the highest quality of musicianship. Cantiones has sung at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod, Chester and Lichfield Cathedrals and has recently visited Coutances in Normandy to sing with a French choir, with whom Cantiones has developed a musical and social relationship. Musical collaborations have also taken place with choirs from the local area. Under the baton of our Musical Director Gerry Howe the whole choir looks forward with great excitement to the Wilfred Owen Festival, and feels privileged to be participating in such a major way in the Festival Concert on 3rd November.
The Border Chamber Orchestra – is a group of local experienced musicians invited to play for this special event.