Coronation Celebration!, Royal Albert Hall, London

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Hosted by:
Royal Choral Society
7 May 2023
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP, United Kingdom
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On coronation weekend, join the Royal Choral Society, the choir formed for the opening of the Royal Albert Hall, for a choral music extravaganza as it celebrates the crowning of our new king and marks the choir’s own 150th anniversary. If you sing, then you’ll be able join in ‘Beltissimo’ for Parry’s coronation anthem ‘I Was Glad’, together with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the mighty 9,999-pipe organ, all under the baton of the choir’s Music Director, Richard Cooke and presented by author and Classic FM broadcaster Zeb Soanes.

Since its inaugural concert in the Hall on 8 May 1872, the Royal Choral Society – named by Queen Victoria herself – has been conducted by some of the world’s greatest composers, including Verdi, Dvořák and Elgar. This celebratory afternoon concert will showcase the highlights of their choral repertoire, alongside music by Handel, Mozart, Coleridge-Taylor, Rachmaninoff and Panufnik, plus a few surprises along the way. Parry’s ‘I Was Glad’ will bring the concert to a glorious finale, with a choir on stage and in the auditorium of more than 1000 voices.