Peace and Remembrance the key notes at Earlston concert

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Lauderdale Community Choir presented “A Concert for Peace and Remembrance” at Earlston High School on Saturday evening.

The first half included Karl Jenkins’ “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace”, with the choir being supported by solo cellist Claire Davis and their accompanist, Claire Brennan. Additional items included original poetry on the theme of Remembrance by bass Arthur Parsons, and a new composition for solo cello called “With Hope” by music director James Robertson.

During “Benedictus”, a wreath was laid by Alistair Smith, chair of Lauderdale and Gala Water Ex-Services Association.

The second half was a more upbeat affair. Included were new arrangements of some old favourites (“White Cliffs of Dover”, “Imagine”) and two pieces by a string quartet comprising pupils from the school – Charlie Moore, Becky Farnish, George Stokes and Ed McVean. The choir also gave the first performance of a setting of “The Beatitudes”, composed by Claire Brennan.

The concert raised cash for Legion Scotland and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.