The Remembrance Concert ‘You Must Remember This’ held on 10 November at the United Reformed Church in Harrogate, was a sell-out success, raising £350 for the British Red Cross and £200 for the Cenotaph 100 and the West Park Church. The event formed part of Harrogate war memorial’s 100th anniversary celebrations.
The concert opened with an inspirational reading of the names of the fallen and this set a moving and poignant tone for the entire concert.
Catherine Field-Leather, the multi-talented Harrogate musician whose vision the concert was, brought together over 70 singers from Harrogate Theatre Choir, Eurythmia Ensemble and The Collavoce Collective, to perform a beautiful and emotional programme of song, which included Karl Jenkins’ ‘The Armed Man, A Mass for Peace’.
An interwoven narration by The Unknown Soldier, with projected backdrop, created an eclectic and inventive evening of remembrance.
The Unknown Soldier was superbly performed by local actor Richard Naylor.
The reviews flooded in the next day. Here is just a small selection:
“The choice of music, readings and poetry was inspired as was the idea of the ‘Unknown Soldier’, someone who rarely gets a voice in the face of the rich and powerful who create and sadly maintain the conditions for war’.
“Such wonderful sentiments, awe inspiring, so emotional, never seen or heard anything so moving.”
“I’d like to congratulate you both, the unknown soldier and your wonderful choir. You created an unforgettable and probably unmatchable performance…”
“A heart-piercing piece of perfection”.
Catherine Field-Leather and everyone involved would like to say a huge thank you to those who came along to support this event.