War songs for a good cause: Little Gaddesden Village Choir concert to commemorate world wars

Performers: Leaders of the Little Gaddesden Village Ruth Cohen and Jim O'Malley (with instruments) pictured with the group's singers
Performers: Leaders of the Little Gaddesden Village Ruth Cohen and Jim O'Malley (with instruments) pictured with the group's singers

A musical evening of nostalgia awaits those who venture to Little Gaddesden for a concert to commemorate the First and Second World Wars.

There will be big band music and readings from war poems. Little Gaddesden Village Choir will perform songs such as It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag, and We’ll Meet Again.

The choir will be joined by the 16-piece New Ambassadors Big Band to perform classics such as Glen Miller’s In the Mood, Chatanooga Choo-Choo and many other tunes from the era.

A dancing area will be available for concert-goers.

Promoter Helen Waterhouse said: “It is for a very good cause and it is very topical with the commemoration of the outbreak of the Great War coming up and St George’s Day just around the corner too.”

Proceeds go to the Royal British Legion. The event will be held in the village hall, Church Road, from 7.30pm on Saturday, April 26. Tickets are available for £10 – £6 for those with concessions – and there will be a licenced bar.

To book or learn more email ruthcohen114@btinternet.com or 
phone 01442 842322.

Little Gaddesden Village Choir was formed in 2013 to raise money for charity and to provide local singers with the opportunity to perform with professional musicians. New members are welcome.

The choir is led by Ruth Cohen and Jim O’Malley – and Jim also runs the New Ambassadors Big Band.

Helen said: “Making music together with people is a very enjoyable thing to do. It is a way for the community to come together and now they raise money for charity as well.”