Melrose church hosts music event for WWI anniversary

Abbey Consort WW1 Commemorative Concert in aid of the British Red Cross
Abbey Consort WW1 Commemorative Concert in aid of the British Red Cross

The first Sunday in August will see Melrose Parish Church host a unique music event to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI.

The Borders choir, Abbey Consort, and orchestra will perform two seminal works to commemorate the anniversary, in aid of the British Red Cross.

The works to be performed are Brahms’ Requiem, his most massive work, and Benjamin Britten’s Cantata Misericordium.

Britten’s work was composed for the 100th anniversary of the International Committee of the Red Cross in 1963 and is a compelling retelling of the biblical parable of the Good Samaritan.

This will be the first time that the Cantata Misericordium has been performed in the Borders, while 2013 also marked the centenary of Britten’s birth.

A spokesman for Abbey Consort told us: “Our support for the British Red Cross on this momentous centenary was a simple choice to make.

“In the last 100 years the work of the Red Cross has saved and transformed many thousands of lives, from the horrors of the First World War, to the despair of refugees in Syria and Iraq today.”

The concert will be directed by the renowned conductor Robert Dick, who has worked closely with Borders and international orchestras and vocal ensembles in the past and will utilise an array of both local and national solo voices.

Admission at the door will be £10 and the event on Sunday, August 3, starts at 7.30pm. For more information, telephone 01835 850208.