We'll Think On - The Belmont Anthem
Written for Remembrance Sunday 2016 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battle of the Somme, the words of this song are a reflection on the process of grieving, moving from the communal act of mourning which takes place at memorial events to some more personal and hopeful thoughts about how grief changes over time.
Musically, it is based on the structures of 19th century Methodist hymns, but uses a tune which owes something to English folksong.
There are two versions available: One for unaccompanied 4-part choir (with optional descant), the other for solo voice or unison choir with piano accompaniment (again with optional descant). The two versions can be performed simultaneously, with the choir joining after the piano introduction.
With thanks to Councillor Patrick Conway OBE and Belmont Community Association for commissioning this work, and to Durham Scratch Choir and the choir of Belmont Community School for participating in the first performances.