Classics to celebrate a Banbury birthday

Banbury Choral Society getting ready for a new concert

Banbury Choral Society getting ready for a new concert

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Banbury Choral Society will be marking the start of its 75th anniversary with a concert celebrating the best of British.

It comes to St Mary’s Church in Bloxham on Saturday April 1 with music from some of the best loved composers from the United Kingdom entitled Music and Majesty.

Choral music by the likes of Elgar, Purcell, Handel, Vaughan-Williams and Walton. The evening will end with Handel’s rousing setting of Zadok the Priest that has been performed at every coronation since 1727.

Founded during the dark days of WWII, Banbury Choral Society still continues to celebrate choral singing to a wide audience in the Banbury area.

Music was essential to people’s well-being during the war years and singing helped to lift the spirits. The choir is currently flourishing under the baton of Julian Harris who has been their conductor since 2010.

The choir is delighted to welcome back Charles Matthews to accompany them on the organ. His skill and dexterity at playing this complex instrument is quite breathtaking. He will be performing solo organ pieces to augment the programme.

Tickets for the concert at Bloxham cost £12.50 adults, £5 under 16s accompanied by an adult.

Doors open at 7pm and refreshments will be available during the interval.

Tickets can be purchased from the Banbury Choral Box Office on 07721 204734 and Banbury Tourist Information Centre in Castle Quay Shopping Centre. For further information about the choir and future concerts, please visit www.banburychoralsoc.co.uk.