Choir’s ‘musical memories’ mark the WWI anniversary

Bowland Community Choir sings out at its World War I concert at Garstang Library
Bowland Community Choir sings out at its World War I concert at Garstang Library

The Bowland Community Choir hit a timely note with its outdoor end of term 
concert at Garstang Library.

Conducted by leader Anni Tracy, of Morecambe’s More Music, the choir entertained with a repertoire of songs from the period leading up to 
and around the First World War.

The event showcased the progress choir members had made since they started singing together and also provided an ideal event for the library to mark the forthcoming 100-year anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Admission was £2, which included tea and scones, with baking provided by library manager Mark Trent’s mother, Grace.

He was delighted to see the library’s outdoor garden area put to such good use and said: “It’s a collective effort down to the goodwill of staff and public.”

The admission fee will now go to help fund other library events, including providing refreshments for the launch meeting of a Film Teen Club, which is due to start in the autumn.

Mark said the idea was that teenagers would watch a film, read the book it was based on “and do a Barry Norman critique”.

The concert song sheet ranged from music hall favourites to classic First World War songs such as “Pack Up Your Troubles”.

It was, said Anni, a world away from the choir’s usual repertoire, which takes in world music, including Zulu and Maori tunes.

Anni said: “ I thought it went very well... the audience joined in with the choruses and seemed to have had a good time.”

Wyre Council supports the choir and arts officer Chris Wyatt also attended the event.

Bowland Choir practises fortnightly at the library during term times and new members of all age groups would be welcome.

The choir was set up some 19 months ago following a pilot project led by Anni. The new session starts on Wednesday, September 24, and runs from 6.30 to 8.30pm.