A weekend of chamber music (and related activities), saw the choir make its appearance as the festival's first ever Community Choir. There we sang nine items inspired by the much loved Diary of an Edwardian Lady - all original compositions, penned by our very own musical director, Tom Wells.
Tom's Long road to Passchendaele (specially commissioned for the festival) also premiered on the opening night, together with works by Mozart and Ravel. In Tom's words, "it was a great honour and was a first for me in terms of writing for a string quartet". The work commemorates the story of 300,000 Scots who gave their lives at the Battle of Passchendaele one hundred years ago in 1917.
The suite (performed by the wonderful Astaria String Quartet) has three short movements.
As a choir, we are incredibly proud to have our MD writing for such fine musicians. We are certain this is but a short step on a long road to future success.