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Choral Society's performance will mark 100 years since end of the First World War




Grantham Choral Society's summer concert in St Wulfram's Church, Grantham, will commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One.

The concert will take place on Saturday, June 9, and will consist of two contrasting works. The first half performance is Jonathon Dove's For an Unknown Soldier, a sequence of selected British war poems set to music to illuminate an anonymous soldier's journey through war, from the excitement and enthusiasm of enlistment to the reality of war and death on the battlefield, with connected poems by female poets reflecting the complex feelings of loved ones at home. Poignantly four of these poets died in the conflict, including Wilfred Owen, who sadly died just before the Armistice in 1918, and whose poems both start and end the work.

The texts are illuminated by Dove's sympathetic musical settings to create a powerful impact, reflecting both physical and emotional turbulence. For an Unknown Soldier, commissioned by the London Mozart Players and Portsmouth Grammar School, was first performed in 2014 to mark the centenary of the beginning of the war. It is scored for orchestra, adult choir, children's choir and tenor soloist. In this performance the children's choir will be the combined choirs of Belmont Community Primary School and Marston Thorold Charity Church

of England School directed

by Teri Deal. The tenor

soloist will be Matthew Hopkins.

The second half of the programme, in contrast, is the well-known Mozart Requiem. In a Requiem prayers sung in Latin are offered for the souls of the departed and so complements the first half of the programme. Mozart's Requiem combines sublimely beautiful with stirring sections, hence its well-deserved popularity. This was Mozart's very last work left incomplete on his death in 1791, and was completed from Mozart's rough notes by Franz Xaver Sussmayr, a friend and colleague. The Requiem is written for orchestra and choir and four vocal soloists who are Soprano Abigail Broughton, Contralto Katie Stevenson, Tenor Matthew Hopkins, and Bass William Thomas.

Grantham Choral Society welcomes back English Pro Musica, an orchestra with which they have performed on many occasions and the conductor will be the Society's President Philip Robinson. The concert promises to be a fitting tribute.

Tickets for the concert are £12 (free to children at school), and are available from the Guildhall Box Office, members of the Society and on the door. The performance will begin at 7.30pm and there will be a wine and soft drinks bar.



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