Many people from Alfreton and Amber Valley ‘raised the roof’ of Alfreton Grange Arts College in song as they remembered the 15 million who lost their lives as a direct result of World War One.
The concert which was themed ‘Lest we Forget’ was organised by Alfreton Male Voice Choir, together with Shirland Welfare Brass Band and soprano Lily Taylor Ward. The concert programme included the names of all those people on the Alfreton roll of honour 1914-18.
Together with the Mayors of Alfreton Town Council and Amber Valley, Alfreton British Legion and the Air Cadet Unit, 250 people attended and around £1000 was raised for Alfreton British Legion supporting injured and retired military personnel.
The concert included pieces such as the Soldiers’ Chorus, Stout Hearted Men and When The Saints raised memories and emotions. However the highlight of the concert was probably the community singing; the choir, band and Lily inspired the audience to, ‘Keep the Home Fires Burning’, ‘Pack up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag’, with the rendition of ‘Jerusalem’ bring a tear to many eyes.
However it was ‘Land of hope and Glory’ which really ‘raised the roof’ with the audience demanding two encores
Derrick Hesketh, chairman of the choir said, “It was an honour to help the people of Alfreton and Amber Valley commemorate World War One and what a way to do it with music and song. A wonderful evening!”
The choir ended the evening with ‘Lest We Forget’ written by Mike Sammes and which includes the words, “We shall remember, we will recall, heroes who gave their lives answering the call.”