War remembered in special composition

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Cromar Community Council has commissioned a composition to commemorate the war effort, which will have its debut tomorrow (Friday).

The community council wanted a lasting memorial to the people of Cromar who went away to the Great War and also to those who were left behind to support the homes, farms and businesses of their loved ones.

Paul Anderson, a local fiddler with an international reputation, lent his enthusiastic support to the project, accepted the commission and also agreed to organise a concert that would highlight the musical involvement of the North East of Scotland during the war as part of the ‘Cromar Remembers’ series of events.

Paul’s two new pieces, ‘Cromar Remembers’ and ‘The March of the Men of Cromar,’ will receive their first public performance at the concert, which will also include songs from Shona Donaldson, battlefield pipe music played by John Stevenson and music by the Cromar Fiddlers, a group of local musicians.

The last commanding officer of the Gordon Highlanders, Sir Peter Graham,will present a reflection on the war and the contribution made by the North-east.

The concert is at 7.30pm in Tarland’s MacRobert Hall.