CHORAL and classical music enthusiasts were treated to an evening of outstanding performances from Lexden Choral Society.

The group marked the Remembrance weekend with stirring renditions of Edward Elgar, Douglas Pope, and Eric Coates.

The society, which has run since 1992 when it was founded by Sarah Blake, performs a Remembrance concert annually, and Saturday’s concert at St Botolph’s Church moved the audience with a programme ranging from the melancholic to the upbeat.

The concert began with John Rutter’s Requiem, conducted by John Chillingworth, before Gill Wilson took centre stage as solo soprano for a performance of ‘Pie Jesu’.

After the interlude, the concert resumed with the introduction of the Suffolk Phoenix Brass Band which performed Elgar’s famed Nimrod Variation Number 9.

As Douglas Pope’s Nightfall in Camp was played, the British Legion Standard was raised and then lowered after a two-minute silence.

The final section of the concert brought a much more upbeat feel, however, as Eric Coates’ famous Dambusters March gave members of the audience the welcome chance to get involved and wave flags before singing ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ in a similar style to the last night of the proms.

Lexden Choral Society will return on Saturday, December 9, for a Christmas concert at St Teresa’s Church.