In Remembrance

In Remembrance

Sunday November 9, 2014 at 3 pm
MacNeill Baptist Church

Our November concert, In Remembrance, featured a brand new piece by internationally acclaimed composer and Strata chorister Abigail Richardson- Schulte. Her Song of the Poets for choir and orchestra was commissioned by the National Arts Centre Orchestra in honour of the centennial of The Great War. The piece featured five poems written by World War One soldiers. Strata was among the first choirs across Canada and the UK to present this deeply moving and fitting tribute to those who fought in World War One.

Other pieces on our program of remembrance included works by Stephen Chatman, Donald Guest, Eleanor Daley and Morten Lauridson. As well, we performed three pieces by Toronto composer Stephanie Martin: Tantum Ergo, Kontakion, and Alleluia, music and words that show us how to rejoice even as we remember loss.

But the centerpiece of our program was Herbert Howells’ Requiem. This unaccompanied choral masterpiece was composed in the early 30s as a tribute to those killed far too young in the war, but was not released for performance until 1980, just 3 years before Howells’ death. As such, it is not as well known as it should be and we are proud to include it on this year’s Remembrance Day concert. Download a poster here.

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