Singing a century of song

DELVING into the past in preparation for the Tamworth Choral Society’s next concert, 1914, has been an enriching experience for musical director Catherine Hutchison.

REMINISCING: Soloists Angela Sproats and Iain MacRobert with musical director Catherine Hutchison get in the mood – costume-wise – for 1914, the choral society’s concert this Sunday. 
Photo: Barry Smith 280414BSE01

REMINISCING: Soloists Angela Sproats and Iain MacRobert with musical director Catherine Hutchison get in the mood – costume-wise – for 1914, the choral society’s concert this Sunday. Photo: Barry Smith 280414BSE01

The concert, to be held on Sunday at 2.30pm at Carinya Christian School’s performing arts centre, will celebrate in music the century that has passed since 1914.

“The research has been so interesting because we were looking at what musical entertainment there was in 1914 and how the music changed because of the war,” Ms Hutchison said.

“When war broke out there were recruiting songs, and songs to boost the morale, anti-war protest songs and towards the end of the war, just the simple longing for the troops to come home.

“Some of the soldiers’ songs we’ve had to nice up a bit – the language was a little colourful, as you could imagine.”

As well as the choir and pianist Jenny Simpson, and its featured soloists, there will be master 

of ceremonies/storyteller Peter Ross; Jason Palmer will be a guest vocalist and Tim Godden will play some ragtime piano to get the audience’s feet tapping along.

“One of the songs Jason Palmer is singing, Roses of Picardy, was featured on the Downton Abbey series, so I knew I was on the right track,” Ms Hutchison said. 

Tinged with nostalgia, it’s sure to bring back memories for a lot of people.

“It was the first war that involved the people back home. It changed everything – and the music reflected that.

“This has taken us on a different journey and hopefully, the 

audience will enjoy the journey too.”

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