Sunday, 28 May 2017

Summer Concert 2017

The Sprig of Thyme

The Sprig of Thyme, by John Rutter, is a suite of eleven familiar and not so familiar traditional British and Irish folk songs, many covering themes of love lost or found, or betrayal.  They include long-standing favourites as the Willow song and The Miller of Dee and lesser known gems as O can ye sew cushions and The Sprig of Thyme, a 17th century song from Lincolnshire.
Stanford’s Songs of the Fleet is a setting of five nautical poems by the poet Henry Newbolt (1862-1938) who had a particular line in ardently patriotic nautical ballads (perhaps most famously ‘Drake’s Drum’, which Stanford had set in an earlier collection of sea songs, Songs of the Sea.)
Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, are settings of poems by the 17th century poet and priest George Herbert from his 1633 collection The Temple: Sacred Poems.  Though an agnostic, Vaughan Williams’ music beautifully complements the religious inspiration behind Herbert’s verses.

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: 07434 626045
Click here to buy tickets online
Call in: The Royal Windsor Information Centre, Royal Windsor Station, Windsor

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Elgar: Spring Concert 2017


Royal Free Singers

April 8th: 7.30, Eton College School Hall

Having already performed his three great oratorios, The Dream of Gerontius, The Apostles and The Kingdom, the Royal Free Singers’ next concert includes two of Elgar’s lesser known but equally memorable choral works.  The concert opens with an early work, the Serenade for Strings in E minor (opus 20), followed by The Spirit of England (opus 80), a setting of poems by Laurence Binyon, written following the outbreak of war in 1914.  Composed between 1915 and 1917, it is his finest wartime music and is both grand and melancholy.
The second half will be a performance of his romantic choral piece The Music Makers (opus 69).  It begins with the evocative lines “We are the Music Makers and we are the dreamers of dreams”.  The music is full of quotations from his earlier works including The Dream of Gerontius, Sea Pictures and The Enigma Variations.  It is like a mini autobiography, reflecting events and feelings from various periods of his life.  

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




Please note there is no parking at Eton College. Those attending this event should note that parking is available in public car parks within the town of Eton and Windsor.

For tickets:-
Book tickets online (click here)
Phone: 07434 626045
Email: linchanan@aol.com
 
Call in: The Royal Windsor Information Centre, Royal Windsor Station, Windsor

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Royal Free Singers Autumn Concert 2016

Goodall: Eternal Light and Rutter: Mass of the Chilren

Composed by two of this country’s more accessible modern composers, the two works in this concert focus on youth and childhood.  Goodall’s Eternal Light: A Requiem combines texts from of the Latin Requiem Mass with English poems whose common theme is compassion for the bereaved.   It was composed in 2008 to mark the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War, in which so many young lives were lost.

In Rutter’s Mass of the Children the primary role of the children’s chorus, featuring the Dedworth Middle School Choir, is to sing English poetical texts, which reflect on or illuminate that of the Latin Mass.  These include works by the seventeenth-century Bishop Thomas Ken, William Blake's “The Lamb” and, in the final movement, the composer’s own texts based on those by the sixteenth/seventeenth century author Lancelot Andrews and the fifth-century Irish poem known as “St. Patrick's Breastplate”.

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Come and Sing - Messiah

Come and sing Handel's Messiah!

Saturday, October 15th

Windsor Parish Church

Windsor Parish Church Organ Fund
Come and Sing Handel’s Messiah
Conducted by Ben Gunner
Accompanist John Chantrey – Piano
Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Windsor, SL41LR
Programme:
2.00:  Registration
2.30 – 4.30:  Rehearsal
4.30 – 5.30:   Tea and cake
5.30:  Informal concert family and friends welcome.
Retiring collection for the Windsor Parish Church Organ fund. 
Tickets: £15 (£5 for under 18s) to include refreshments and loan of score if required. 
Please send application and payment to
Helen Archibald, Secretary, Royal Free Singers, 37, Green Lane, Windsor, Berks, SL4 3RZ Tel:  01753 830944
Applications to be received by 1st October 2016
Applications also invited from willing soloists!  If you would be interested, please return your application by 15th September 2016

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.
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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