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CHORAL AND OPERA CLASSICS
On Saturday 5th February over 140 singers and 34 instrumentalists came together to give a splendid concert showcasing the excellence of both choir and orchestra.
Soloists Rachel Parkes, Ellie Martin and Matthew Jordan joined the Nottingham Festival Chorus and Nottingham Concert Orchestra, conducted by Angela Kay, in performing extracts from Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Fauré’s Requiem, and the much loved Flower Duet (more popularly known as the British Airways’ theme!) from Delibes’ Lakmé.
Below are a few photos from the afternoon rehearsal and concert – Festival Chorus and Concert Orchestra sounding fantastic!
Yesterday marked 70 years since Queen Elizabeth II acceded to the throne, making her the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee.
During her reign she has been a committed supporter of the arts and Britain’s musical life. Her own interest in music began at an early age when she was tutored by Sir William Henry Harris, resident organist of the Chapel of St George’s at Windsor Castle, and regularly joined the senior choristers for madrigal practice. At 11 years old, Princess Elizabeth learned to play the piano, and continues to play for her own enjoyment.
In 2005, The Queen inaugurated The Queen’s Music Medal – an award for individuals who have had a major influence on the musical life of the nation, and in 2014 she authorised the first female Master of the Queen’s Music, composer Judith Weir.
The Queen regularly attends concerts, champions musicians in the New Year Honours List and supports a number of military bands and orchestras.
Symbolic of this devotion to music, The Queen holds two honorary degrees in Music, a Bachelor of Music from the University of London, and a Doctor of Music from the University of Wales.
- Click here to see Soprano Alexandra Stevenson sing two of The Queen’s favourite hymns in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee.
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