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Berlioz, Elgar and Parry Celebrate 175th Anniversary at the Royal Albert Hall on 3rd June


Surrey, UK -- (SBWIRE) -- 05/29/2015 -- The Royal Albert Hall London will thrill to the sound of 550 adult and youth singers and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing Berlioz' huge Te Deum, Parry's Blest Pair of Sirens and Elgar's Enigma Variations on 3 June to celebrate Guildford Choral Society's 175th Anniversary.

This special Concert, hosted by the Guildford Choral Society to celebrate its 175 years of choral music making, will bring together over 400 adult and 150 youth singers from eight choirs, together with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, under conductor Jonathan Willcocks.

Guildford Choral Society, instituted in 1839, is one of only a handful of choral societies in Britain with such a continuous heritage, and the chosen pieces all have particular links with Royal Albert Hall -- the Te Deum and Blessed Pair of Sirens were performed for the first time in London together at the same concert in the Royal Albert Hall on 17th May 1887, with Berlioz dedicating the Te Deum to Prince Albert, while Elgar himself conducted the Royal Albert Hall Orchestra for its first electrical recording in 1926 in a performance of the Enigma Variations.

Parry's Blest Pair of Sirens will be sung by Guildford Choral Society alone, who will then be joined by singers from seven other choirs with strong links – The City of London Choir, Portsmouth Choral Union and the Chichester Singers, and over 150 singers from The Royal Grammar School, Guildford High School, Guildford County School and Francis Holland School.

Jonathan says of Berlioz' 'Te Deum' – " The Royal Albert Hall is a magnificent concert hall of truly monumental proportions, and we felt that to celebrate this major landmark for Guildford Choral Society we should choose a similarly epic choral work. Berlioz – Te Deum is stirring, heroic and extraordinarily fulfilling for performers and audience alike and I look forward with excitement to conducting this very special concert."

Guildford Choral Society's Chairman, Sheila Bennett, says "The excitement of singing such a huge work, with such a large orchestra and singers, whose ages range from junior school children to senior citizens, is immense. This music is a fitting celebration of our 175-year history."

Details of the concert are available on the Guildford Choral Society's website

To celebrate this occasion, a 10% discount is available on the Guildford Choral Society's Facebook page

Alternatively, tickets are available from Guildford Choral Society's Ticket Master on 01494 675571 or or from the Royal Albert Hall's box office

About Guildford Choral Society
Guildford Choral Society, instituted in 1839, is a vibrant and ambitious amateur choir with over 150 members drawn from around the South East region and representing a broad spectrum of ages and occupations. With a wide-ranging repertoire featuring the music of contemporary composers as well as the major classical choral works, the choir promotes four or five concerts each year in Guildford and London, with major orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and nationally and internationally renowned soloists. New members are warmly invited to join the choir and open rehearsals are held at the beginning of each new term.

Further details

Media Contact: Sheila Bennett, Chairman, Guildford Choral Society, Guildford, Surrey, UK