Choir Notes

October 2018

Last month I told you about my search for a new piece of music to be sung for Remembrance, and I said that I had found a piece that had been written specially for a current hit television series. I can reveal that the TV programme in question is Poldark. I am reliably informed (as I have not been watching the current version!), that the music was sung at the funeral of Captain Henshaw. This means absolutely nothing to me, but I can say that it is a very moving setting of the words ‘Greater love hath no man’. These familiar words are taken from John 15 13-17, but they are paraphrased by the screenwriter, Debbie Horsfield. The music, simple but effective, has been written by Ann Dudley. It makes a fitting companion to the setting in the English choral tradition by John Ireland, a piece often sung by cathedral choirs.

We will be including this new piece, written in 2017, in our concert to be held at St. Peter’s on Saturday 10th November at 1.00pm. Along with the St. Peter’s Sixteen, the concert will feature Trio Poetique, who gave a very well received recital last November entitled ‘The Lads in their Hundreds’. Please come along to this event if you can, as it will be a fitting way to commemorate the passing of one hundred years since the end of the 1st World War. It will include anthems, songs, poems and piano music. Admission is free, but there will be a retiring collection for the Royal British Legion. Please see the handbill for more information. If anybody can help me distribute posters and handbills to advertise this event, please contact me.


David Wood