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Over by Christ­mas: Re­flec­tions from the Great War is staged at St Paul’s Hall, Univer­sity Cam­pus, Queens­gate, Hud­der­s­field, on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15 (7.30pm).

Mu­si­cally, the con­cert’s two halves re­flect the two main modes of war­fare of the Great War: by sea and by land. In mu­si­cal mood, how­ever, the con­cert is pos­i­tive rather than som­bre.

More­over, the choice of mu­sic re­flects to some de­gree the choir’s own his­tory. Be­ing a long-es­tab­lished group, pre­vi­ously known as the Hud­der­s­field Glee & Madri­gal So­ci­ety, the choir was ac­tive in the war years, and this con­cert re­calls some of the reper­toire that the group per­formed a cen­tury ago.

The ‘sea mu­sic’ half of the con­cert in­cludes Stan­ford’s five-move­ment Songs of the Fleet, for full choir with bari­tone soloist, and Sum­sion’s pop­u­lar an­them, They that go down to the sea in ships.

Stan­ford’s work presents some very rous­ing and highly at­trac­tive mu­sic which is not of­ten per­formed to­day. It rep­re­sents reper­toire that the choir sang a cen­tury ago.

While the 2018 per­for­mance marks the cen­te­nary of the end of the Great War, the choir pre­vi­ously staged the work at its out­set in 1914.

The bari­tone for the choir’s mod­ern per­for­mance is Charles Mur­ray, who sang in the choir’s Dvorák con­cert last March. For the ‘land mu­sic’ por­tion, the choir will be per­form­ing El­gar’s The Spirit of Eng­land, with so­prano soloist April Grime mak­ing her first ap­pear­ance with the group.

El­gar’s sub­stan­tial three-move­ment work was com­posed dur­ing the war years, be­tween 1915 and 1917, and an early per­for­mance of the in­com­plete piece took place in Leeds in 1916.

The mu­sic very much evokes the sen­ti­ments of the time, and is an apt cen­tre­piece for the con­cert.

Ire­land’s uni­ver­sally loved Greater love hath no man brings to­gether the choir and both soloists in an an­them whose cen­tral theme is self­sac­ri­fice.

Lastly, with a nod to the sea­son, the choir will per­form How­ells’ mov­ing carol-an­them, Here is the lit­tle door, com­posed near the end of the war in 1918.

Tim Harper, As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor of Mu­sic at Ripon Cathe­dral, is the ac­com­pa­nist for the first time at this con­cert.

Tim will be play­ing for the choir on both or­gan and pi­ano, as well as pro­vid­ing or­gan so­los. The choir is con­ducted by Daniel Gor­don.

Tick­ets may be pur­chased on­line through the choir’s web­site www. hud­der­s­field­singers.com.

Al­ter­na­tively, con­tact the Ticket Sec­re­tary, Bar­bara Lock­wood, on tel. 01484 426507 or email tick­[email protected]­der­s­field­singers.com to ar­range pur­chase.

Tick­ets are priced at £10; stu­dent/ ju­nior tick­ets cost just £4.

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