The Somme Remembered

A Handful of Singers concert - The Somme Remembered

Sunday 6th November 2016, 3.30 p.m.

A Handful of Singers’ concert for Remembrance marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, which ended after 141 days in November 1916, and brings together some exceptionally beautiful and moving music by four English composers of the period. Parry’s choral masterpiece, Songs of Farewell, written in the aftermath of the Somme, is also his personal farewell to the world before he died in 1918.

Nunc dimitis is Simeon’s farewell to the world, and this marvellous 8-part setting by Holst is a miniature jewel in the choral repertoire. Howells’ searingly beautiful Requiem, although written in the 1930s, harks back to untimely youthful death caused by war, but carries within it a message of eternal hope. This is reinforced in Vaughan Williams’ extended anthem, Lord Thou hast been our refuge’, which combines Psalm 90 with the hymn ‘O God our help in ages past’.

The music will be interspersed with readings.

A Handful of Singers, Bath’s highly acclaimed chamber choir of 24 voices, is directed by its award-winning conductor Christopher Finch.