Time to Pack Up Your Trou­bles

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - MUSIC MATTERS -

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…

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