Choral concert for the Queen

Banbury Choral Society in full voice at a previous concert
Banbury Choral Society in full voice at a previous concert

Banbury Choral Society will continue the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations at their concert on Saturday July 2.

They will sing Handel’s Coronation Anthems and Fauré’s best-known and well-loved work, Requiem in D Minor at Marlborough Road Methodist Church, Banbury at 7.30pm.

The choir will be joined by soprano Mollie Smith, soprano and bass James Gower. Mollie performed the part of Dido with Banbury Choral last year to great acclaim.

The choir welcomes back organist Charles Matthews. Charles studied at the Royal College of Music and was an organ scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge.

Charles has performed for productions by the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet and recorded music used in various theatres in Spain. He is organist of St Catherine’s Church, Chipping Campden and works extensively with young people teaching the piano. He also acts as piano accompanist and organ tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire.

Gabriel Fauré composed his Requiem between 1887 and 1890. This setting of the Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead is the best known of his large works. The most famous movement from the Requiem is the soprano aria Pie Jesu. In 1924 the Requiem was performed at Fauré’s own funeral.

George Frideric Handel was commissioned to write music for King George II and Queen Caroline’s coronation at Westminster Abbey on October 11 1727. The choir will be performing two out of the four uplifting anthems.

Tickets for cost £10 for adults and £5 for under-16s. Doors open at 6.45pm and there will be refreshments during the interval.

Tickets can be bought in advance from Banbury Tourist Information Centre in Castle Quay Shopping Centre or by calling 07721 204734. Tickets will also be available on the door.

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