Round Table help young choristers stage WW1 memorial concert

Songbirds Junior Choir leader, Julie Greenslade, accepts a cheque from Colin Anderson of the Wensleydale Round Table.

By Betsy Everett

The generosity  of the Wensleydale Round Table will help a dales children’s choir mark the centenary of the end of World War One with an ambitious musical production.

The Armistice Cantata, which can be performed solely as a choral work, will be developed with the help of community groups, and adapted to tell a local story, or stories, of the First World War.

The Round Table cheque, presented by vice chairman Colin Anderson, will help with the purchase of music, materials and matching t-shirts for the choir, aged five to 14, who rehearse in West Burton chapel schoolroom.
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“We are so grateful for their generosity. This will mean I can purchase the new uniforms and the Armistice Cantata score and begin rehearsals,” says choir leader Julie Greenslade. “In the months leading up to November the focus will be on how the final months of WW1 can be commemorated. As those who served and gave their lives are no longer with us, what could be more appropriate than to encourage the children of today to acknowledge and understand how, a hundred years ago, people from their local community shaped the world in which we now live?”

Colin said the donation was part of the Wensleydale Round Table’s ongoing commitment to the local community. Money is raised throughout the year with a variety of events, from the annual bonfire and Santa’s grotto in Leyburn, to sponsored cycling and walking challenges, and helping out with the parking for the food festival and, this year, the Tour de Yorkshire. 

“All the money we raise is donated to local charities, and we especially like to support groups in the Wensleydale and Swaledale area,” said Colin. 

As well as the Songbirds, this year they have supported Matthew Lambert, a young athlete from Carperby, to buy equipment for a biathlon, and contributed to training costs for Emily Bearpark, a local member of the GB junior diving team.

Any local group wishing to apply to the Wensleydale Round Table for a grant should contact chairman Scott Pounder at  scott.pounder@gmail.com.