Lincoln Choral Society are joined by the Lincolnshire Chamber Orchestra to perform in Lincoln Cathedral’s stunning Nave.

Visit Lincoln Cathedral for an evening of music performances from the Lincoln Choral Society, Lincoln’s largest choral group, conducted by Mark Wilde.

Throughout the evening the Lincoln Choral Society, made up of 100 local choristers, will perform pieces inspired by the effects of war in Lincoln Cathedral’s Nave. The performing soloists are Kimberley Raw (soprano), Meg Baker (mezzo), Guy Withers (Tenor), and Ossian Huskinson (bass).

Joseph Haydn’s Mass in Time of War was written in 1796 at the time of Austria’s general mobilisation into war following the French Revolution. Reflecting the troubled mood of his time, Haydn’s potent integration of references to battle in the Benedictus and Agnus Dei movements is inspired.

Edward Elgar’s Spirit of England was composed or chorus, orchestra, and soprano/tenor soloist between 1915 and 1917, acting as a requiem for the dead of World War I. It uses as its text three poems from Laurence Binyon’s 1914 anthology of poems ‘The Winnowing Fan’.

Gerald Finzi’s Farewell to Arms was written over twenty years after the First World War and during the Second World War, finally completed in 1945. It encompasses the steady, inevitable tramp of time and is symbolised by the tenor’s sad, arching melody.

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