Leading Choir @ St Wilfrid’s

The Harborough Singers will make a rare appearance at St. Wilfrid’s Church, Kibworth on Saturday 4 November. One of the leading Midlands chamber choirs, the group last performed in Kibworth almost exactly thirteen years ago… Wait, 13? Isn’t that supposed to be unlucky?

We hope not. But they are quite prepared to walk in carrying four-leaf clovers to ensure that everyone enjoys a superlative evening of music making.   

The concert is entitled ‘The Road Home’ and takes its name from the beautiful American folk arrangement that ends the first half.

Composed by Stephen Paulus, this piece speaks eloquently about returning and coming home after being lost or wandering. This ‘journeying’ theme gives a nod to the proximity of both All Saints Day and Remembrance Day, which fall the week before and the week after the concert, while steering clear of the melancholy.

Hence, the programme also includes Parry’s rousing ‘Songs of Farewell’, Arbo’s ‘Crossing the Bar’ from the poem of the same name by Tennyson, folk songs ‘Deep River’ and ‘Loch Lomond’ as well as Rachmaninov’s famous ‘Bogoroditsye Dyevo’.

This piece is described as ‘a belter’ with ‘one of the greatest climaxes in choral music’, by Classic FM. The choir tends to agree. Fingers crossed for a successful performance.

Tickets are £12, available from harboroughsingers.com, The Well in Kibworth Beauchamp or by phone from Anne Flower on 07540 719298. Profits from the event will go to the Friends of St. Wilfrid’s to help maintain the fabric of the church. 

Gill Guest, Harborough Singers