High quality chamber choir the Torbay Singers will be performing Anna’s music in two concerts this summer.
Conductor Tina Guthrie will lead the choir and audience on a musical journey around the world. The mixed programme will include Anna’s folk-like anthem for Devon, Devon, My Home, alongside music from further afield by composers including Copland, Rutter, and Rachmaninov. Performances will take place in Torquay and Crediton (as part of CredFest), the latter in aid of the Music Endowment Fund of Crediton Parish Church:
‘A World of Song’ (Torquay)
Saturday 17 June, 7:30pm
Church of St John the Apostle, Montpellier Road, Torquay TQ1 1BJ
Tickets: £10 (under 25s in full-time education FREE) by phone from 01803 782677 or from Visitor Information Centre, 5 Vaughan Parade, Torquay. Some tickets may be available on the door.
‘A World of Song’ (Crediton)
Sunday 18 June, 3:00pm
Crediton Parish Church, Church Lane, Crediton EX17 2AH
Tickets: £8 + 10% booking fee (under 18s free) online from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/ELFEEH
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Following the success of last year’s summer singing day, Peter Nickol and Anna Matthews are once again holding a gathering of singers in Exeter to work through some of their own choral compositions. The date is set for Saturday 3rd September. We are on the look out for keen singers in all voice parts – please get in touch if you are interested in joining us.
A new piece by Anna will be performed at ‘A Quiet Night In’ at Exeter’s Spacex Gallery on Friday 29th January. AQNI is an Exeter new music concert series with a rapidly growing following. Curated by Emma Welton, the programme asks the audience to listen in a new way with a focus on quiet music. Anna’s new piece is under development and will explore this theme.
Tickets for January’s Quiet Night In are available from Exeter Phoenix.
Anna’s carol From Flanders, commemorating 100 years since the First World War Christmas truce, will be performed by Exeter Philharmonic Choir in two concerts at Exeter Cathedral this week. The programme will feature carols old and new and a chance for some audience participation with the classics.
Wednesday 10th and 11th December, 7:30pm, tickets available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/exeterphilchoir or on the door.
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This Remembrance Sunday, Anna will be in Wokingham to attend the service at St. Paul’s Church. The choir there have been hard at work rehearsing From Flanders and will be giving the world premiere performance.
Anna dedicated From Flanders to the memory of the Potter family of Wokingham, the family of her great-grandmother. The family sent six brothers to war, only 3 of whom returned home, two of those being severely wounded. The significance of the first performance of From Flanders being at St. Paul’s church is front-page news in Wokingham this week: read the story in the Wokingham Times.
Find out more about the Potter family’s own story here. You can also catch Anna talking about From Flanders and her other First World War project, Diary of the Great War, on BBC Radio Devon’s Remembrance Sunday breakfast show (9th November).
Performances of ‘From Flanders’ are already scheduled for the following dates:
- Wokingham, 9th November 2014
9:30am, St Paul’s Church, Remembrance Day service.
- Exeter, 10th & 11th December 2014
7:30pm, Exeter Cathedral, Exeter Philharmonic Choir carol concerts. More information and tickets from www.exephil.org.uk – book early to avoid disappointment.
Listen to today’s Mike Read show on BBC Radio Berkshire to hear about the piece and its particular connection to Wokingham, available on BBC iPlayer for the next 7 days (mentioned at approximately 01:04:00). With great thanks to Mike Churcher of ‘Wokingham Remembers‘.
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Thinking about what to sing in your Christmas concerts and services this year? In the centenary year of the start of the First World War, sheet music of the new Christmas carol From Flanders is now available to buy online from Recital Music or Spartan Press.
Frederick Niven’s poem tells the story of Christmas in 1914. On Christmas Day, a truce was spontaneously enacted by the two sides fighting in Flanders in World War One. This was five months into the war, which until this point many in Britain had confidently believed would be over by that time. When the two sides lay down their weapons in the name of humanity and met in the middle of no-man’s-land, they would not have realised the bloodshed that was to come as the war dragged on for a further four years – a conflict so atrocious that it came to be known as ‘the war to end all wars’.
This carol conveys the unknowing innocence of those men and the joy of Christmas, yet explores the sinister context in which they met and the future which was to come. Ultimately, the events of the 1914 Christmas truce came to symbolise the universality of hope and peace at Christmas. This carol brings this message into the twenty-first century.
Performances have already been confirmed by Exeter Philharmonic Choir and the choir of St. Paul’s Church, Wokingham.
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