Billericay Choral Society’s first concert in 2018 sees them present Edward Elgar’s “Spirit of England”, plus patriotic songs at the United Reformed Church.
Located at 99 Chapel Street, Billericay CM12 9LR the event will be held on Saturday 21 April 2018 at 7.30pm.
The concert will commemorate the centenary of the end of World War I. Ellie Parsons is the conductor and the soprano soloist is Laura Wolk-Lewanowicz Mullinger.
Spirit of England was written by Elgar between 1915 and 1917. It sets the poems of Laurence Binyon’s 1914 anthology “The Winnowing Fan” to music. The work is dedicated to the memory of “our glorious men”.
The first poem used by Elgar is The fourth of August, which marks the date of the declaration of war on Germany. The second is “To Women” which recognises the significant contribution that women made during WW1. The final movement is “For the Fallen”. This poem includes the poignant lines:
“They shall not grow old, as we grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”
The concert also includes a host of patriotic songs, including Land of Hope and Glory, Rule Britannia, Jerusalem along with many others.
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