Kirbye Voices Remembrance performances

To mark the centenary of the ending of the First World War, Kirbye Voices, the Bury-based chamber choir, is presenting a programme of remembrance music in two churches in November.

They are taking place on Thursday, November 8, at 7.30pm, in Westgate Chapel, Hospital Road, Bury St Edmunds; and again on Saturday, November 10, at 11 am, in Farnham All Saints Church.

The programme will begin with a setting by John Tavener of the Kohima Epitaph, so-called because it is carved on the memorial to those who fell in the battle of Kohima fought in north-east India in 1944.  This victory was the start of the recovery of Burma by the allies.

This will be followed by four of Parry’s beautiful “Songs of Farewell” and pieces by Elgar, Holst, Walton and Willan, and will end with a medley of well-known songs from the first-world war.

There are no tickets for these performances, but there will be a retiring collection in each church.

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