Music fit for a queen at Warwick church

MUSIC fit for royalty will be performed by a choir and brass musicians in a grand concert at St Mary’s church in Warwick.

The St James’s Singers, with the Fine Arts Brass Ensemble, will open their autumn season with a regal concert of music entitled Vivat! – Music for the Two Queens Elizabeth at the church on Saturday September 29.

The concert will contrasts the music played for Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Elizabeth II and will include the music from Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding.

Liz Bates, a spokeswoman for the choir, said: “The choir will perform a feast of well-known music from both Elizabethan eras complemented by works that are less familiar, but equally enjoyable.

“To put the icing on the cake, what better accompaniment than the rousing brilliance of the renowned Fine Arts Brass ensemble.

“No royal celebration would be complete without Handel’s Zadok the Priest and Walton’s Coronation Te Deum, and these pieces will be joined by Parry’s I was glad, written for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, and from that same service, the less well-known choral pieces by Vaughan Williams - O taste and see,  and Redford’s beautiful Rejoice in the Lord.

“The Fine Arts Brass will take centre stage playing Renaissance Dances by Holborne, written in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, and to bring this concert’s royal connections right up to date, the audience will have chance to enjoy again the sublime Ubi Caritas written by Paul Mealor for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton last year.

The concert will start at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available from the Bridge House Theatre in Warwick.

Call 776438.