If you love joyful celebratory music then the Brecon Singers’ concert in St Mary’s Church this Saturday is for you!
The concert takes places this Saturday, May 13 at 7.30pm.
In the first half of the concert the choir will sing three of G F Handel’s Coronation anthems: Zadok the Priest, Let Thy Hand be Strengthened and The King Shall Rejoice.
These anthems have been sung at every Coronation since that of George II in 1727 and will be familiar to many of you. The choir will also sing much loved pieces by Vaughan Williams and SS Wesley interspersed with two organ solos by gifted organist and professional musician Hilary Norris.
After the interval the choir will sing Mozart’s Coronation Mass, composed when Mozart was just 23. It was first performed at an Easter Service in Salzburg in 1779 and subsequently at the Coronation of Leopold II in 1791. The celebratory nature of this mass meant that it also became a favourite at Coronation ceremonies.
The solos and semi choruses for this performance will be sung by members of the choir with the Tenor solo sung by 19-year-old Carwyn Whomsley. Carwyn is a former pupil of Brecon High School and will be commencing a degree course in Composition at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama this autumn. .
Brecon Singers is directed by the inspirational Robert Evans formerly a professional singer with The Sixteen with the support of his assistant Ddirector and wonderful accompanist Alan Davies. New singers are always welcome to join the choir, particularly tenors.
A ticket for the concert costs £15 (Under 18s £5) from Ardent Gallery High Street, Brecon and Brecon Books, Lions Yard, Brecon.