Choir’s concert will remember the fallen

The Mid-Northumberland Chorus'Paul Toward,  conductor, is centre front
The Mid-Northumberland Chorus'Paul Toward, conductor, is centre front

A renowned Morpeth choir will be paying its own tribute to those who lost their lives in the First World War in a concert this weekend.

The Mid-Northumberland Chorus, which has about 60 members and performs across the county, will present Lest We Forget at St James’s Church on Saturday.

The concert will be split into two parts – the first honouring the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War, and the second focusing on Northumberland’s role in the spread of Christianity in England.

Conducted by Paul Toward, who has a long association with the local music scene as a performer, director and producer, the concert will feature The Armed Man choral suite by Karl Jenkins, With The Ebb And The Flow by Derek Hobbs and Mike Kirkup, and works by Puccini, Vaughan Williams, Walford Davies and Alan Richardson.

Soloists are baritone Jake Hardiment, Emma Straughan on oboe, Jonathan Trevor on viola and Dennis Todd on trumpet.

Morpeth St George’s United Reformed Church organist Ken Irvine, who has been an accompanist for the chorus for more than 20 years and was a founder member of the group, will provide the piano accompaniment.

The choir’s latest performance follows one of the biggest concerts in its history when it teamed up with local schools and the English Philharmonic Orchestra for a sell-out event in Morpeth in March.

The remembrance concert begins at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £7, available on 01670 790268 or on the door.