December 10 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
A community choir is preparing to sing out in remembrance of the first world war as a final grant has topped up the coffers of its special commemorative project.
The Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society has planned a musical tribute, to be held next year, to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War.
And their project has now been fully funded after the group received a grant of £10,450 from North Norfolk District Council’s Big Society Fund.
The society has commissioned renowned composer Patrick Hawes to write a new piece to commemorate the centenary, which will have its debut at Norwich Cathedral next July.
The premiere performance will be accompanied by the English Chamber Orchestra with soprano soloist Elin Manahan Thomas, and a children’s choir made up from students attending Gresham School’s International Britten Music Course.
Alongside this, Mr Hawes will lead a workshop at the Auden Theatre in Holt to talk about the art of composing and share some of the music prior to its first formal performance. The council grant has allowed the choir to offer more than 100 free places on the workshop to local school children.
Nathan Waring, the choir’s musical director, said he was “enormously grateful” to all the organisations that had donated to the projet, including Arts Council England and the district council.
“Their support and involvement in this project has enabled us to move forwards in the preparation of these unique musical events to mark the centenary of the first world war,” he added.
“We look forward to working closely with Patrick Hawes as he continues to compose this major new choral work in this exciting collaboration between Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society, the English Chamber Orchestra, the International Britten Music Course at Gresham’s, and of course our soloist, Elin Manahan Thomas.”
For more details about the centenary activities visit www.sheringhamandcromerchoral.co.uk