Choral Society’s Armed Forces Day challenge

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Eastbourne Choral Society is celebrating 20 years of singing this year and as part of these celebrations we are holding a concert on Saturday, June 29, at All Saints’ Church, Grange Road, Eastbourne at 7.30pm.

They will be singing “The Armed Man” – a Mass for Peace, a modern work by Karl Jenkins, which was commissioned for the Millennium celebrations by the Royal Armouries Museum and dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo crisis.

It is a dramatic, yet moving composition, very apt for today and certainly for the day of the concert - Armed Forces Day.

There will be a retiring collection for The Chaseley Trust in Eastbourne which supports wounded service men and women.

Also on the programme is “Feel the Spirit” by John Rutter – a collection of Spirituals, with many well known melodies.

As this is one of our special anniversary concerts the founder and Life President of ECS, Elizabeth Muir Lewis, returns to conduct two short pieces – Stanford’s “The Blue Bird” and a beautiful choral setting of “Nimrod” by Elgar.

The choir will be accompanied by Nancy Cooley on piano and the ECS Chamber Ensemble with John Hancorn directing. John has been musical director of Eastbourne Choral Society for ten years since taking over the baton from Elizabeth Muir Lewis in 2003.

Both MD s have led the choir through a wide variety of music over the years, some well known – as their last concert,Handel’s Messiah, which was performed to a packed church, to the less well known.

The performance of “The Armed Man” is the first time the choir have sung this piece and they are looking forward to sharing this much talked about work with the people of Eastbourne.

Ticket, £12, to include programme, are available from Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre or at the door.