Our next commitment was at Exeter’s magnificent cathedral. We had been invited to round off Armed Forces Day in a joint concert with their own choir; and what a treat that was.
The programme began with choir, band and organ combining in Parry’s I Was Glad and it concluded with Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1. In between there was most stirring music including Saint-Saen’s Finale from Organ Symphony No 3, Jerusalem, Vaughan Williams’ The Old Hundredth and, as a special tribute to D-Day veterans, John Williams’ Hymn to the Fallen from the film ‘Saving Private Ryan’. Also The River Kwai March with much audience participation whistling the central Colonel Bogey theme, a medley of First World War songs, and a stunning special arrangement by David Cole of James Bond film music.
But special praise is reserved for the choir who sang most beautifully Prayer for Sir Francis Drake, In Flanders Fields and Parry’s My Soul There is a Country; also John Ireland’s exquisite work Greater Love.
In short an outstanding concert greatly enjoyed by the near capacity audience.