Remembrance and Peace: reviewed

Tuesday 20th November 2018
Remembrance and Peace

I stepped out of the hastening rain into the cavernous expanse of St George’s RC Cathedral, Southwark as the mournful tones of the kontakion of the departed echoed round the bright nave. The choir of nearly 50 singers from across London and Essex and even further, had been hard at work under the clear and inspiring leadership of St George’s Director of Music Norman Harper for much of the day. I joined the ranks in time to rehearse Faure’s Agnus Dei from the Requiem, which was sensitively accompanied on the mighty organ by Frederick Stocken. The varied programme of music for the eccumenical service which concluded the day, meant that singers from a variety of ages and backgrounds were challenged and inspired by music they hadn’t encountered before, and that they’ll be able to take back to their home parishes. When many other events marking the 100th anniversary of the Armistice are full of pomp and patriotism, it was refreshing to be part of a reflective and inclusive service celebrating and encouraging peace. This was a friendly event attended by young and not-so-young and it was a pleasure to sing in such an incredible building. Thank you to everyone who took part in creating sensitive and accomplished music-making at this special event.

Hannah Parry (Publicity, RSCM London)

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