‘1867 and All That’
Saturday 8th July, 7:30pm, Temple Speech Rooms, Rugby
Rugby Philharmonic Choir’s 150th anniversary concert will feature music composed during the period surrounding 1867. The choir will sing Faure’s ‘Requiem’, originally performed by the choir in 1974 and considered to be one of the most sublime works in the sacred classical canon. Brahms’ ‘How Lovely are Thy Dwellings’, Verdi’s ‘Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves and the ‘Polovtsian Dances’ by Borodin will also feature on the programme.
In stark contrast and to demonstrate the ability of the choir to deliver a varied repertoire, a concert version of ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ will be performed in a rousing finale.
Saturday 16th December, 7:30pm, Temple Speech Rooms, Rugby
To celebrate the festive period the choir will perform the complete work of Handel’s ‘Messiah’, originally performed by the Rugby Philharmonic in 1871. This Christmas favourite, for singers and audiences alike, has been chosen specifically for this celebratory year. The beauty and dramatic narrative of Handel’s choral masterpiece promises an enjoyable and compelling evening for all.