Requiems for Remembrance Sunday & Armistice Day
Sunday 10th November 2013, St Paul's Church, Honiton
Monday 11th November 2013, St John's Church, Wellington
Howard Goodall - Eternal Light
Peter Leech - For the Fallen
On the evening of Remembrance Sunday St Paul’s Church Honiton was the venue for a concert of specially relevant music - two Requiems, performed by two local choirs. Both these Requiems, whilst owing a great deal to the traditional form, are very different to what we usually hear, and indeed different from each other.
After the interval, Wellington’s Collegium Singers sang Peter Leech’s For the Fallen, under the direction of the composer. This piece was written as a tribute to 40 Commando and the work they have done in Afghanistan, and in memory of the Royal Marines who died there. This work, which was performed unaccompanied, also uses many of the traditional words of the Mass as well as poetry.
The Collegium Singers gave a polished performance which enabled the audience to fully engage with this unfamiliar and very atmospheric work. The audience is asked to join in the fifth movement – the old hymn “Abide With Me”, with the choir and, at this point, the organ providing more of the wonderful harmonies which this work contains, and including a particularly lovely part for soprano soloist Fiona Moon.
These two choirs succeeded in giving the audience a musically satisfying evening which formed a fitting and dignified end to a day when Honiton joined the rest of the country in remembering the fallen, and those who mourn them.