Press Release – Spring Concert 2015

Below is our press release for the Spring Concert.  You are welcome to copy and/or print it for display on websites, noticeboards, etc.

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Dido and Aeneas in Concert!

The South Chiltern Choral Society is performing Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Zadok the Priest by Handel, and Purcell’s Come Ye Sons of Art.  Professional soloists and orchestra will accompany the choir at the Great Hall, Reading University, London Road on Sunday 29 March at 6pm.

This is the second concert directed by South Chiltern Choral Society’s new conductor, Paul Burke, after his successful Christmas debut.

Tickets can be obtained from www.southchilternchoralsociety.org.uk, or by calling Caroline Jones on 07500 032840.  Adults £12, under 21s £6.

Dido and Aeneas is Purcell’s first opera, and one of the earliest English operas, composed about 1688.  The basis of the story is Virgil’s Aenid and tells the love of Dido, Queen of Carthage for Aeneas, the Trojan hero.  The well-known lament ‘When I Am Laid in Earth’ describes her despair.

Handel composed Zadok the Priest for the coronation of George II in 1727.  Since then, every British coronation has included the work.  Purcell composed the jubilant Come Ye Sons of Art for the birthday of Queen Mary II in 1694.

Come and hear Paul Burke and the South Chiltern Choral Society celebrate English music in the beautiful setting of the University’s Great Hall on Sunday 29 March at 6pm. Tickets from www.southchilternchoralsociety.org.uk

SCCS Spring Concert 2015

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