Time to Pack Up Your Troubles
As 2018’s WW1 commemoration events culminate in this month’s Remembrance Day services and concerts, the importance of music as part of the nationwide programme cannot be ignored. Indeed music played a vital part of the lives of those living and fighting through those dark times.
Many of the period’s popular songs still stir up powerful emotions for listeners, with their bright rousing choruses providing a stark contrast to the realities of the trenches and the anguish of millions of lives lost in war. Composers, including Ivor Novello and Gustav Holst (The Planets), have left a lasting legacy of the time, with their music still enjoyed by audiences across the world today.
Musical tributes will feature heavily over the coming weeks, providing the underscore to many emotional scenes of remembrance, not least with the haunting strains of The Last Post from a solo bugle played right across the land over the coming days. Children from a number of Peterborough schools will play their part too, singing some of those songs as part of this month’s Big Sing event at The Cresset on November 8 and 9, introducing the music to a new generation of young people as part of our national heritage. The Big Sing series is presented by Peterborough Sings, led by local choir specialist William Prideaux and commissioned by Peterborough Music Hub as part of its singing programme for local schools.
Once again, the concerts feature a live band and the children not only rehearse and perform with them, but they are also able to meet the musicians and learn about their instruments as part of a day of workshop activities. November also sees the Peterborough Centre for Young Musicians (PCYM) deliver another Open Day event for prospective students. Young musicians aged 5-18 years – from beginners through to grade 8+ - are invited to attend a morning of introductory sessions, with the chance to meet the team and also enjoy a performance from an accomplished Guildhall School Brass Quintet. The Open Day, held at Ormiston Bushfield Academy in Orton, runs from 9am-12.30pm on Saturday, November 17. For further details contact Kirsten Goldthorp at musichub@ peterborough.gov.uk
There’s more music to be enjoyed in November when Peterborough Cathedral Choir and Youth Choir join the Festival Chorus, Peterborough Choral Society and East Anglia Chamber Orchestra for a special performance of Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s Little Organ Mass on Saturday, November 10, starting at 7.30pm. The choirs and orchestra will be under the direction of the Cathedral’s new Director of Music, Tansy Castledine.
Tickets are available from £15 to £20. You can book online at www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk or call the Information Centre on 01733 452336.
Finally, there’s also a wonderful evening of music to come at Ken Stimpson Community School in Werrington on November 16, with a Choral Celebration, featuring the Ken Stimpson Choir and A cappella group, PCYM, Take Note and a special treat from the Peterborough Community Orchestra. The concert starts at 7.30pm. For ticket information contact Peterborough Music Hub.
So, ‘Pack up your troubles’ - make time for some live music this month - and smile, smile, smile…