Press release

Highgate Choral Society commemorates the Battle of the Somme

Highgate Choral Society will be commemorating the centenary of the Battle of the Somme in its concert at All Hallows’ Church on 12 November.

The opening concert for the 2016-17 season begins with The Banks of Green Willow by George Butterworth, who was killed in action on 5th August 1916, aged only 31. It will be complemented by Ronald Corp’s The Somme – a lament, part of a larger work by Corp entitled Dawn on the Somme.

“I wrote the pieces specifically to commemorate this bloody and lengthy battle of 1916,” explains Ronald Corp, composer and Musical Director of the choir. “The poetry on which it’s based is a stark, first-hand account of the way which cuts to the very heart of what it meant to be a part of this battle – the meaningless, the patriotism but in the end, the great sense of loss.”

The mood lifts with the choral arrangement of Serenade to Music by Butterworth’s contemporary, Vaughan Williams and the programme is brought to a close with Brahms’s glorious German Requiem.

The concert will begin at 7.00pm and will feature soloists Katherine Watson (soprano) and James Newby (baritone).