Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Summer Concert: Songs from Stage and Screen

'Into the Woods' and Opera Choruses

Saturday, June 25th
Windsor Parish Church: 7.30pm

The first half of the programme will feature opera choruses by the Royal Free Singers and items from G:Force’s core repertoire. The second half will include the choirs joining forces for a medley from the Stephen Sondheim musical "Into the Woods", conducted by Steve Cook, G:Force's Musical Director.

The Royal Free Singers are glad to welcome back to Windsor the G:Force Gospel Choir, the Formby Arts College Gospel Choir.  The choir’s repertoire consists of a broad variety of soul, gospel, R&B, pop and contemporary commissions.  

This will be our fourth shared concert: Alexander L’Estrange’s Zimbe! in June 2012 and the suite from Les Misérables in June 2014, both in Windsor, and a concert featuring Lin Marsh’s Winter Solstice, in Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral in November 2013.


Ticket prices:
£12
£1 for under 12s,
£5 for 12-16 year-olds
Special block booking rates for 10+ tickets, if booked in advance.

For tickets:-
Phone:  01628 638984
Email: lambourne2@talktalk.net
Order though our Contact Us page 
Call in: The Royal Windsor Information Centre, Royal Windsor Station, Windsor

 

 

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Mozart Requiem

The Royal Free Singers

Spring Concert 2016

Like his penultimate Mass, the "Great" C minor Mass, Mozart never completed his last, the Requiem (K626).  Unlike the C minor Mass, however, it was written to a commission and in order to fulfil this and not risk forfeiting the fee, his widow Constanze asked Mozart’s pupil Süssmayr to complete it from the sketches Mozart had left of the unfinished movements. 

The other works in the concert are a performance by the Orchestra of London of Mozart’s last symphony, the Jupiter, composed in 1788 and the incomparable motet Ave Verum Corpus, Mozart’s last completed sacred work, composed in June 1791 only a few months before his death.

Saturday, March 19th, Windsor Parish Church 7.30 pm

Ticket prices:
  • £15
  • £1 for under 12s,
  • £5 for 12-16 year-olds
  • Special block booking rates - 10+ tickets 20% discount, if booked in advance.
For tickets:-

Monday, 7 December 2015

Carols for Everyone

Carols at Christchurch 

The Royal Free Singers’ annual carol concert at Christchurch is always a special occasion and a warm welcome is extended to everyone.
The programme includes favourite carols for audience participation as well as festive readings.
Coffee (or squashes) and mince pies will be served during the interval.
There will be a retiring collection for Medicins Sans Frontières and the Windsor Homeless Project


Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Saint-Sans and Blackford


The Royal Free Singers
Autumn Concert 2015



A visit to Assisi in 1995 gave Richford Blackford an encounter with the life and works of St Francis that he described as a ‘personal epiphany’. He took the title of his setting of seven Canticles by St Francis from that of a biography by the saint’s companion, Leo of Assisi. Commissioned by the Royal Ballet School, Mirror of Perfection was first performed in March 1996 at the Royal College of Music and is now one of his critically acclaimed choral works.


Following their participation in our Zimbe concert with Alexander L’Estrange in 2012, the Royal Free Singers again welcome the Dedworth Middle School Choir’s contribution to the performance.


Francis of Assisi is credited with popularising the Christmas crib (as portrayed by Giotto), so a Christmas themed work seems an appropriate companion piece at this season. Saint-Saëns's devotional, and mostly contemplative Christmas Oratorio (or Oratorio de Noël) is an early work, written in 1858 when he was just 23, so pre-dating his more well-known works such as the Carnival of the Animals, Danse Macabre and the Organ Symphony. Intentionally paying homage to J. S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in style, Saint-Saëns’ music is nevertheless very French in its proportions, clarity of expression and elegant lines.

Ticket prices:
  • £12
  • £1 for under 12s,
  • £5 for 12-16 year-olds
  • Special block booking rates for churches and other organisations -
    10+ tickets 20% discount, if booked in advance.
For tickets:-
  • Phone:  01628 638984
  • Email: lambourne2@talktalk.net
  • Order though our Contact Us page 
  • Call in: The Royal Windsor Information Centre, Royal Windsor Station, Windsor

Thursday, 4 June 2015

The Royal Free Singers Summer concert 2015


Two masses: Jongen and Faure

The two works in this concert are both tuneful expositions of the Latin Mass: the well known and loved Fauré Requiem and the, until now, hardly known Mass Opus 130 by the Belgian composer Joseph Jongen (1873-1953), described by John W. Ehrlich, Music Director of the Spectrum Singers of Cambridge, Massachusetts, as "one of the most beautiful and accessible pieces of 20th century choral music I know."  Jongen composed it in July 1945 in thanksgiving for his son's release from Buchenwald earlier that year and dedicated it to his late brother, the Reverend Canon Alphonse Jongen of Liege Cathedral.  He added the Credo in 1948.  Nearly forgotten for the next 40 years, in recent years it has been performed with increasing frequency throughout the world.  

The background image shows the interior of Liege Cathedral, where the Jongen Mass was first performed.

Ticket prices:
  • £12
  • £1 for under 12s,
  • £5 for 12-16 year-olds
  • Special block booking rates for churches and other organisations -
    10+ tickets 20% discount, if booked in advance.
For tickets:-
  • Phone:  01628 638984
  • Email: lambourne2@talktalk.net
  • Order though our Contact Us page 
  • Call in: The Royal Windsor Information Centre, Royal Windsor Station, Windsor

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Haydn: Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons)


Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) The Seasons

Both of Haydn's late oratorios are settings of texts based on English epic poetry: The Creation on John Milton's Paradise Lost and The Seasons on James Thomson’s epic poem of the same name, written in 1730.  It is a depiction of pre-industrial rural life that touches on love, friendship, hardship, success as well as harvest celebrations.  Using a German translation of sections of Thomson’s poem, Haydn began work on it in 1798, shortly after the well-received first performance of The Creation, and completed it in 1801.  Like The Creation, it calls for soprano, tenor, and bass soloists, chorus and a large orchestra including four horns and three trombones.  

Friday, 10 October 2014

RFS Autumn Concert 2014







The Armed Man 
and  
Requiem for the Living

The two works in this concert are both pleas for peace.  Donald Swann’s Requiem for the Living (1971) is a setting of C Day Lewis’s 1962 poem, which uses the structure, but not the text, of the Requiem Mass to make a vivid plea to abolish nuclear weapons and respect the beauty of the world, which a nuclear holocaust would destroy.
The Armed Man subtitled A Mass for Peace and dedicated to victims of the Kosovo crisis, was commissioned by the Royal Armouries Museum to mark the museum's move from London to Leeds.  It intersperses movements from Catholic Mass, with the fifteenth century French folk song L’homme armé and texts selected by Guy Wilson, then Master of the museum, from other religious, literary and historical sources, including the Islamic call to prayer, the Bible, the Mahabharata and works by Kipling, Mallory, Tennyson, Swift, Dryden, Wilson himself and Sankichi Toge, a survivor the Hiroshima bombing, who later died of leukaemia.