The Concert to commemorate the First World War was held on 18 October at Corsham School and was a spectacular success. Sponsored by Corsham Area heritage and the Town Council, it was an evocative portrait in words and song of those four years of terrible war.
The Narrator was Graham Paton, dressed appropriately in evening dress (with tails), who linked together readings from letters, poems and documents of the war years, alternating with the music of the era – including Keep the Home Fires Burning, Roses of Picardy and many more. Three choirs sang the songs – the Corsham Choral Society, Gita’s Choir and the Lingmara & Find Your Voice Community Choirs, with individual solo pieces by Caroline Murray and Tony Emery. The readers were dressed in contemporary uniforms, including that of the nurses, to add an authentic period touch.
It was an entertaining and often poignant evening, brilliantly brought to fruition by our own ‘local impresario’, Pat Whalley.