The Wednesday Singers, established in 2006 and who hold their practices in Dunsby, decided many months ago that they would like to give a concert to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War I.
They have, over the last eight years, given many concerts in south Lincolnshire to raise funds for good causes, and it was decided that donations from the concert proceeds on this occasion would go to The Not Forgotten Association , Help for Heroes and The Royal British Legion.
The concert was on Saturday 2nd August in All Saints’ Church, Dunsby, which had been decorated with poppies and white lilies for the occasion.
The Dementia Support South Lincs Art Group had kindly lent a mural, which they had created, depicting World War I, and they also lent a vase of large home-made poppies, which added to the ambience in the church.
A large audience came to the church, to enjoy a varied programme of songs and poems relating to World War I, and war, in general.
As well as “Pack up your troubles”, “It’s a long way to Tipperary” and “Keep the Home Fires Burning”, the programme included “The British Grenadier” and “Men of Harlech”. Solos by choir members included “England – John O’Gaunt’s verse” with music by Parry, and the ever-popular “Lilli Marlene”.
The performance of John Williams’ humming chorus “Hymn to the Fallen” attracted critical acclaim.
The first half of the programme finished with Karl Jenkins’ melodious “The Armed Man – a Mass for Peace” (choral suite).
The five movements – Kyrie, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei and Hymn Before Action – were treated with sensitivity by the choir, who were complimented on their performance.
The second half included songs such as “Rule, Britannia!”, “Land of Hope and Glory” and “Jerusalem”, with opportunities for audience participation and much flag-waving.
The concert finished with Mike Sammes’ thoughtful song “For the Fallen”, using the words of Laurence Binyon’s well-known poem.
The poems included the “Seafarers’ 23rd Psalm”, “In Flanders Fields”, Wilfred Owen’s “Disabled”, Binyon’s “For the Fallen”, “The Christmas Truce” by Carol Ann Duffy, and “War” by Ebenezer Elliott, all recited by choir members.
The rehearsal and concert accompanist was Marijke Harris, an excellent accompanist and whom the choir have thanked for all her support over the last three years.
The audience members said how much they had enjoyed the programme, and they also enjoyed delicious canapes and drinks in the interval.
Thanks go to everyone who supported the evening, by singing and reciting at the concert, by selling tickets (particular thanks to Hoppers of Bourne), by giving donations, by coming to the concert and by donating canapes.
The concert was so well supported that it raised proceeds of £600, which will be divided between the three chosen charities, The Not Forgotten Association, Help for Heroes and The Royal British Legion, so that each will receive £200.
This was one of The Wednesday Singers’ best-supported concerts, and the choir were pleased to be able to commemorate the centenary in this way.
The choir now seeks new members in all parts and also a rehearsal accompanist. For more details, please telephone 01778 440234.