A song for Stoke Mandeville will be performed in Kingsbury

Above Eliza Carthy. Below the Welcome Songs being performed in Much Wenlock earlier this year
Above Eliza Carthy. Below the Welcome Songs being performed in Much Wenlock earlier this year
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A series of ‘Welcome Songs’ arranged by folk star Eliza Carthy will be performed on Tuesday to mark the forging of the Paralympic Flame.

The four specially commissioned pieces will form part of Aylesbury’s free flame festival on August 28, which includes a pyrotechnic and video projection show in Market Square.

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On a stage in Kingsbury, Eliza will be joined by international singers I Fagiolini, disabled musicians and a choir of volunteer singers from across the Vale.

The performance features three disabled musicians from Chesham, who will use their hands or knees to activate a computer to make sounds.

The disabled trio, along with the 34-strong volunteer choir have been in rehearsals since June. Eliza and I Fagiolini have already performed the show in three other places, including Much Wenlock – the birthplace of the modern Olympic games.

David Frances, who commissioned the £100,000 Arts Council-funded tour, said: “The idea was to create this link through geographical position and historical significance of the games.”

Each of the four welcome songs are traditional folk songs, which were selected and arranged by fiddle player Eliza – who has been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize.

The Stoke Mandeville-inspired song is called We Are All Together Again.

Robert Hollingworth, of Princes Risborough, the director of I Fagiolini, says 100 years ago it would have been very well known but ‘cultures change’.

Show producer Douglas Noble said it is a ‘very uplifting song which reflects the Paralympic spirt’.

The music will start at 6pm with solo performances by Eliza, I Fagiolini and Ally Craig – who is known as the ‘pioneer of wheelchair rock’.

The Welcome Songs will be performed from 8.15pm.