On Sunday, November 4th 2018, the precise centenary of Wilfred Owen’s death, over 200 musicians from the area gathered in Theatre Severn to commemorate the end of the Great War, but also Owen’s poetry. Twenty-six children from Prestfelde were there for the first half in which they sang songs from war poets set to music by Caz Besterman.
The set piece of the concert was a specially commissioned work based on Wilfred Owen’s poems, set for orchestra and adult chorus by top choral composer Bob Chilcott, who rehearsed and conducted the first performance of his music. Woven into the tapestry of sound were beautiful lines for an upper voice choir – sixteen Prestfeldians singing soprano and the Shropshire Girls’ Choir on alto.
Despite continual changes of acoustic in rehearsals ending in the dead surroundings of Theatre Severn, the boys and girls made an impressive impact, more than held their own against an adult choir outnumbering them by 1 to 10 voices, and were congratulated many times by Bob Chilcott. Mr Lund was full of praise for the chamber choir members who learned their (not exactly straightforward) music in just five-and-a-half weeks. An event that will live long in the memory!
Choir members at the St Chad’s rehearsal getting autographs from Bob Chilcott
photo: Katy Rink