On Sat 24th November the orchestra’s strings performed during the 2nd half of the Shottery Village hall memorial concert held in memory of those from the village who served their country but did not return.  We played two pieces suitable for the occasion ably directed by our assistant conductor Jon Maynard: Herbert Howells’ beautiful Elegy for Viola, string quartet and string orchestra with Andrew Weiner from our fabulous viola section performing the solo which was then followed by the well known Adagio for strings by Samuel Barber.

Howells wrote the Elegy in 1917 in memory of his friend and fellow student at the Royal College of Music Francis Purcell Warren (a local boy born in Leamington on spa) who was sadly lost at Mons on the Somme in the summer of 1916. Both pieces were warmly received by a packed audience as part of a memorable and most enjoyable evening.

Shottery Village Memorial Concert 24 November 2018

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