St. Barnabas Church is hosting a concert of secular and sacred music Sunday, Nov. 11. at 4 p.m. in honour of Remembrance Day.
Special guest is internationally known piper Rob Crabtree who will perform several tunes. His album The Piper’s Legacy was nominated for a Juno Award.
The concert is being called Remembering and it features music from Canada, England, Wales and Scotland.
It also features the church’s choir and soloists.
Neil Houlton, director of Music St. Barnabas Anglican Church, says, “It’s the first time we’ve focused on Remembrance Day and especially since its on a Sunday it all fits together.”
“We were learning stuff that was appropriate for Remembrance Day and I was looking for something to do this fall that was not overly demanding on the choir, because of course, they just started back from eight or nine weeks holiday. It just all came together,” he added.
The choir is the anchor of the event, with its four professional singers who will each contribute solos.
There will be some audience participation, with songs such as, It’s a Long Way to Tipperary and a couple of others.
Songs representing Canada on the program are O Canada, God Save the Queen and The Maple Leaf Forever, which he says, “Those of us of a certain age grew up singing everyday at school.”
Alexander Muir, was inspired to write The Maple Leaf Forever by a maple tree he saw in the Leslie Street and Queen Street area.
Scotland is represented by the bagpipe music and there will be a songs for pipes and organ, including Highland Cathedral and the Skye Boat Song.
Songs from Wales are Men of Harlech and from Ireland is Danny Boy. “It’s always a tear jerker” Houlton said.
A couple of poems, In Flanders Fields and Call to Remembrance, will also be read.
Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.
There will be a sherry reception following the concert.
St. Barnabas Church, 361 Danforth Ave., two blocks east of Broadview Avenue.
Call 416-463-1344 for more information.