Monday 6 November 2017


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“Eerie and stunning” was one audience members review of Refrain – a roaming choral performance in St Helens Town Centre.

Historic sites of St Helens played host to four sold out performances in May 2017

Award-winning composer and choir leader Verity Standen led twelve local men as they responded to the history of school teacher, Ernest Everett. Everett was a conscientious objector, tried and sentenced in St Helens.

The histories of conscientious objection in England require a sensitive and respectful approach. Heritage stories such as Ernest Everett, a teacher in St Helens and a World War One Conscientious Objector, are often left unheard and misunderstood, viewed as irrelevant and in isolation instead of part of a national, contemporary story.

This story and others formed the backdrop of the immersive choral experience by composer Verity Standen. The sold-out walking performances started at The Masonic Hall and took in Friends Meeting House.

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