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Preston Orpheus Choir to honour local composer Ernest Tomlinson MBE in summer concert

Posted on - 30th May, 2024 - 6:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Bamber Bridge, Music, Preston News, South Ribble News, What's On in Preston
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Preston Orpheus Choir will perform Sounds of Summer this weekend

Preston Orpheus Choir is set to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of local composer Ernest Tomlinson MBE with a special show.

The choir will perform Sounds of Summer on Saturday 1 June in Bamber Bridge.

The programme will contain a number of arrangements by Tomlinson, including The Drummer and the Cook, and Phil the Fluter’s Ball.

Speaking to Blog Preston, the choir’s Mick Gardner explained some of the history behind the composer.

“Ernest was born in Rawtenstall on 19 September 1924. After serving in the RAF during World War II, he graduated in 1947 and moved to London to pursue his musical career.

“He returned to his Lancashire roots in 1968 where he remained until his death on 12 June 2015, having been awarded an MBE for services to music in the 2012 Birthday Honours list.”

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Mick continued: “Among his compositions being performed at Sounds of Summer is Gaelic Lullaby. 

“Ernest composed the tune but was unhappy with the words, so his daughter, Hilary, rewrote them based on the original. The tune was later arranged for an SATB choir by our Music Director, Dan Adams.”

The programme will also include Bavarian Highlands – Six Choral Songs by Edward Elgar, Moon River (also arranged by MD Dan Adams) and The Humming Chorus from Madame Butterfly.

The concert will take start at 7pm on Saturday 1 June at Bamber Bridge Methodist Church in Station Road. Adult tickets are £13, and under 18s are £5. Advance tickets are available via the Preston Orpheus Choir website or can be bought on the door via cash, card or contactless.

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