Enjoy sounds of the opera as Banbury choir begins new season

Banbury Choral Society NNL-140603-104039001
Banbury Choral Society NNL-140603-104039001

Banbury Choral Society is launching its new season with a selection of well-known opera choruses that will be familiar to many.

A Night at the Opera will be at St Mary’s Church on Horse Fair, Banbury on Saturday, July 11 from 7.30pm.

The choir will perform one of Purcell’s foremost theatrical works, Dido and Aeneas, and will be accompanied by the Baroque players The Sheldon Ensemble. It will be conducted by Banbury Choral Society’s musical director Julian Harris.

Joe Cummings will accompany the choir on the piano for the opera choruses that will make up the rest of the programme.

Dido and Aeneas tells the story of the legendary Queen of Carthage and the Trojan refugee prince. When Aeneas decides to choose duty over love, Dido laments his decision and sings the aria ‘When I am laid in Earth’, one of opera’s most moving expressions of sorrow and has been called one of the greatest arias in the history of music.

Some of the other well-known opera choruses performed at this concert include Verdi’s Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves, Puccini’s Humming Chorus, Donizettis’s Chorus of Wedding Guests and pieces from Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance.

Tickets for the concert are £12.50 or £5 for under-16s with special group rates available.

To buy tickets call the box office on 07721 204734 or visit Banbury Tourist Information Centre in Castle Quay. Tickets will also be available on the door.

For more information about the choir’s full programme of concerts for 2015 and 2016, visit www.banburychoralsoc.co.uk