Harpenden-based choir to perform Armistice concert at St Albans Cathedral
PUBLISHED: 11:58 31 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:58 31 October 2018
St Albans Cathedral
A Harpenden-based chamber choir will perform at St Albans Cathedral for a concert marking the centenary of WWI.
The Lea Singers will present a “dramatic and innovative” programme of remembrance at 7.30pm on Saturday, November 10, the eve of Armistice.
The concert will combine music, lighting, readings and recorded audio into an immersive reflection on the human cost of war, charting the world’s conflicts from Agincourt to the present day.
With the nave of the Lady Chapel forming a stage, the choir will perform music including Ave Maria by Rachmaninov, In The Mood by Glenn Miller and the English and German versions of Silent Night woven together to tell the story of the Christmas truce. There will also be a performance of a letter written by a dying soldier to his family during the American Civil War.
Tickets cost £20 (£15 for under-16s), and are available from the Cathedral box office.
Conductor Victoria Longon said: “War can feel very distant in the United Kingdom, but almost every family is touched by it, even if it?s a couple of generations away.
“Or maybe a son or daughter will fight in a future conflict. As we move along our timeline from the Agincourt to the present day, we want to encourage the audience to feel connected to people who have been caught up in wars throughout history and compassion for those who are currently living in danger.”