Saints and Soldiers will be there in spirit and music at the Chanctonbury Chorus Winter concert at St Andrew’s Church, Steyning on Saturday, November 24th.
It promises to be an evening of heavenly music from the celebrated West Sussex based chorus and their conductor Siobhan Denning. The programme has been specially chosen to reflect the 100th year Anniversary of the First World War and to pay homage to patron Saint of Musicians, St Cecilia. The work was composed by Benjamin Britten with words by W.H Auden and first performed in 1946.
Some armed forces veterans will be reading selected poems from the First World War which will be accompanied by a montage of images and videos from the Great War on a large screen set up at the front of this beautiful Norman church.
The programme also features music by Bach – the choral motet, Jesu, Meine Freud. There is also a chance to hear the wonderful Mass for Four Voices by Byrd and Rutter’s moving “Gaelic Blessing.”
Chanctonbury Chorus are honoured to hold this concert in association with Building Heroes who, provide essential skills training to military veterans, supporting them into employment within the building trade. The Building Heroes mission is to tackle unemployment amongst those who have kept us safe by training for a new career in construction. The evening will start at 7.30pm, and there will be a opportunity to meet the choir and veterans afterwards at a reception at the nearby Steyning Centre.
Tickets cost £12 and can be purchased online from the choir website, www.chanctonburychorus.org, from the Box Office at Steyning Bookshop or at the door on the evening of the concert.