Remembrance Sunday concert will be one to cherish

Date published: 11 October 2018

The forthcoming Oldham Choral Society Concert will take place at the Royal Northern College of Music on Remembrance Sunday, November 11 (from 7pm), and is themed on the Armistice Centenary Commemorations - 'On Land and Sea'.

Falling as it does on the actual centenary of the Cessation of Hostilities, the programme will combine the theme of sadness for those who died or were wounded with that of thankfulness and celebration for the coming peace.

Full of melodic and attractive tunes, this concert will be a rare treat for music lovers.

The first half will be Karl Jenkin's Mass for Peace - 'The Armed Man' which is ranked the most popular of all 21st century choral works.

This is the most frequently played choral work on ClassicFM.

The second half has a nautical theme and offers a rare opportunity to hear 'The Songs of the Fleet' by Charles Villiers Stanford.

This is a very evocative and moving cycle of 5 songs composed just before the outbreak of The Great War written by one of Britain's great choral composers.

This will be followed by the famous Henry Wood 'Fantasia on British Sea Songs', initially composed to mark the centenary of the Battle of Trafalgar and now performed annually at the Last Night of the Proms.

Audience members will of course be encouraged to join in with these, culminating in 'Rule Britannia' and Parry's 'Jerusalem' to mark the death of Parry 100 years ago this weekend.

The conductor will be Nigel P. Wilkinson.

Tickets cost £15, students will be charged £5, while accompanied children's tickets cost £1.

They are available by calling 0161 797 3583, or the RNCM box office on 0161 907 5555.

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