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‘From Flanders’ at University of Exeter this Wednesday

On Wednesday 12 December, the accomplished University of Exeter Chapel Choir will perform From Flanders as part of their Nine Lessons and Carols at the Mary Harris Memorial Chapel. This special performance of From Flanders marks the centenary of the WWI Armistice. All are welcome at this beautiful and traditional candlelit carol service, which will be followed by free mince pies and mulled wine served downstairs in the University’s Old Library.

Visit the University Chaplaincy website to find out more.

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Exeter ‘living room concert’

Music by Anna Matthews and Anastassis Philippakopoulos to feature in the next Flute@37 living room concert by flautist Ruth Molins. Tickets available from Ruth’s website: https://www.ruthmolins.com/flute37.html

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Summer Singing Day 2016

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 Quiet Night In

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.

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Christmas performances this week

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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BBC Radio Berkshire and forthcoming performances

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‘.

Time to start planning for Christmas!

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.

From Flanders scoresFrederick 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.