A TIME FOR REMEMBRANCE CONCERT
'A Poppy is to Remember’ was the apt title for what was a poignant Remembrance evening paying tribute to heroes from all
conflicts who lost their lives while serving our country and also remembering our choir members and supporters wo have sadly died this year.
There were 56 choir members in attendance and 17 orchestra members playing violins, violas, cellos, double basses, trumpet and
piano to create a wonderful sound under the baton of Mr James Rushman.
In the first half of the evening, they performed ‘Requiem’ by Gabriel Faure, which was composed in D Minor, Op.48 between 1887
and 1890. It is a choral-orchestral setting of the shortened Catholic ‘Mass for the Dead' performed in Latin except for the Kyrie in Koine Greek. It is the best known of Faure’s larger
works and focuses on eternal rest and consolation. This was followed by The Last Post, 2 minutes silence and Reveille. The choir then sang ‘Requiem for a Soldier’ by Michael Kamen which is from the
TV show Band of Brothers.
After the interval, the choir was asked by several members of the audience to sing an encore of “Requiem for a Soldier” to which
they gave generously to the charity being supported, CancerWise, who are based in Chichester and aim to be an enabling and compassionate community for those with cancer and their carer’s. A donation
from the concert will also be made to them and the total amount raised will be announced in due course.
The second part of the concert continued with ‘Every Purpose under the Heaven’ by Howard Goodall. This is The King James
Bible Oratorio and reflects the themes of both Old and New Testaments. When composing the work, Goodall selected what he believed were the ten most memorable and powerful passages and created ten
movements from these, working chronologically through from Genesis to Revelation.
Musical Director James Rushman commented ’As always, the choir and orchestra members performing this concert have given a
hundred and ten percent in rehearsals over the past two months. The Faure work is particularly challenging since it is sung in Latin except for the Kyrie which is Koine Greek. Some of our
newer members have not previously participated in choral works so they have had to put in additional ‘homework’ this time”.
The homework paid off as the choir sang exceptionally well with beautiful four part harmonies and the orchestra played with
sensitivity and passion. A special mention must be made to the two incredible soloists who performed brilliantly throughout the evening, David Bathurst (tenor) and Lorna Moore
(soprano). Remembrance Day has truly been