Reading choir pays Titanic tributeBy Samantha Loveridge
April 17, 2012
With the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's tragic voyage this month Reading's Witt Studio Chorus chose to pay tribute to the ill-fated musicians on board by performing the piece they played while the ship went down.
Audience members at Wesley Methodist Church were treated to a moving rendition of the Titanic band's reputed final tune, Nearer Thy God to Thee, on Friday, March 23.
The 100 strong chorus and visiting professional soloists gave an emotional performance of the piece, which also appears in James Cameron's cinematic version of the tragedy.
The hymn is said to be the piece that the Titanic's band continued to play even as the ship was sinking after hitting the iceberg on April 14, 1912.
Anthony Witt, the Witt Studio's Director of Music, said “The chorus felt that in this centenary year, it would be fitting to recognise the bravery of these fellow musicians by performing this touching piece."
The Witt Studio Chorus is a mixed choir of 100 men and women of all ages and musical background.
Rehearsals for the summer season start on Wednesday, April 25, and are held every Wednesday at the Wesley Methodist Church in Queens Road.
This season the choir will be singing a rang of songs including Adele's Rolling in the Deep, Take That's Rule the World and the Pet Shop Boys' Go West.
The choir's next performance will be on Friday, July 20. Visit www.thewittstudio.com for more details.