Rehearsal for a special concert to commemorate the Accrington Pals have now begun after a distinguished composer finished his composition.
The Observer revealed last year how the East Lancashire Concert Band had signed up Dr Peter Meechan to create a new piece of music for the concert at Accrington Town Hall later this year.
The work titled ‘Letters from Home’ has now been completed and handed over to the group to begin rehearsals.
The 12-minute piece will be broken into three movements and before each one a reading will be made.
Band member Ian McGuinness said it will be ‘absolutely fantastic’.
He said: “It’s very, very emotional and sounds really good.
“Dr Meechan is a top composer and we are incredibly lucky to have him. It’s the connections with the Pals that has got him on board.
“The band will be on the floor in front of the stage as there are too many of us to fit on.
“There will be things going on on the stage while we are playing so people have something to look at.”
The three movements are called ‘The Bittersweet Love Song’, ‘The Trench’ and ‘In Memory’ and the music will reflect the emotions going through a soldier’s life during any conflict.
Mr McGuinness, who plays trombone in the band, said they are looking for new members to join to help perform the music.
“It is very exciting for us but it’s also very challenging when we look at the number of musicians we need to play it.
“There are three percussion people needed and we only have one drummer.
There are also four horns needed and we have two and three trombones and again we only have two. There are a lot of opportunities for musicians to get involved in something really big.”
Dr Meechan, who is a ‘composer in residence’ to HM Band of the Coldstream Guards and a musical associate with the prestigious Foden Brass Band, was commissioned with the support of Arts Council England.
The concert will be held on September 27 and the date will also mark 100 years since the then newly-formed Pals Battalion marched past the Town Hall before heading into battle.
For more information call Mr McGuinness on 01204 303971.