A Concert to Remember

L – R: Wellington Mayor Gary James, Jim Booth, Bee James and Pauline Homeshaw of SSAFA Somerset

Wellington Choral Society presented “Remembrance 100 Years”, a Concert of remembrance including readings, choral singing and organ music at St John’s Church on Saturday 24th November. The large and appreciative audience which included Wellington’s Mayor and Deputy Mayor and their consorts, were clearly moved by the readings from Wilfred Owen, reflecting the Great War, William Walker from the Second World War and Nicholas Lutwyche who fought in The Falklands Campaign, read beautifully by Michael Furness.

Wellington Choral Society presented “Remembrance 100 Years”, a Concert of remembrance including readings, choral singing and organ music at St John’s Church on Saturday 24th November. The large and appreciative audience which included Wellington’s Mayor and Deputy Mayor and their consorts, were clearly moved by the readings from Wilfred Owen, reflecting the Great War, William Walker from the Second World War and Nicholas Lutwyche who fought in The Falklands Campaign, read beautifully by Michael Furness.

The Choral Society’s sophisticated programme, conducted by Laurence Blyth, ended with Durufle’s Requiem and brought to life real moments of emotion and suffering through music.

The Choral Society includes one very special member – Taunton resident Jim Booth, 97 year old D Day veteran and survivor of an horrific attack at his home a year ago. Jim shows that music can span all ages.

The retiring collection benefited SSAFA – the Armed Forces Charity and a very generous £417.25 was collected from an appreciative audience by cadets from 41F Air Cadets who added a smart, military element to the evening. All money collected remains in Somerset and is spent on welfare for serving and ex-service people and their families when in need.

Wellington Choral Society’s Spring Concert will be J S Bach’s St Matthew Passion. They would welcome anyone interested in joining the Choir. No audition is required. Rehearsals start at 7pm on Wednesday 9 January at Wellington Methodist Church, Waterloo Road, Wellington TA21 8JQ.

Pauline Homeshaw