Choir’s two shows to mark war centenary

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Tideswell Male Voice Choir is to perform a pair of concerts this weekend to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War.

The shows are called Never Forget and will take place at Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre on Saturday, November 8, and Buxton Opera House on Sunday, November 9.

Through dance, visual effects and poetry, Never Forget will unfold and offer the audience a feast of delight. The show will pay tribute not only to the heroes of Flanders Fields but also to all those who have made sacrifices in other theatres of conflict down the years and throughout the world.

Director of music and principal conductor Dennis Kay said: “The show will be spectacular and will take the audience on a rollercoaster of emotion from a sense of apprehension and sadness through to hope and then finally jubilation as light overcomes darkness. From authentic letters written in 1918 from a French field hospital, to more recent words written by military wives to husbands and partners in Afghanistan, the emotional picture touches us all.”

The performance will also feature the highly talented ten piece brass ensemble, Corus Brass, renowned poet F. Philip Holland, sixth form dance students from Buxton Community School and vocal soloists Erin Alexander, Charlotte Hoather, Matthew Mellor, Madeleine Osborne, Philip Rigley and Kieron-Connor Valentine.

Tickets are £26 and can be purchased by calling 01246 345222 or 0845 1272190 or via the websites of the two venues.