By Francisco Salazar
The Royal Choral Society is set to celebrate its 150th anniversary with a season that reflects its illustrious history and its connection with some of the most significant names in the musical world.
The season will include works by Charles Gounod, Giuseppe Verdi, Antonin Dvorák, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Edward Elgar, Ethel Smyth, William Walton, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Malcolm Sargent, who had a 39-year association with the choir.
The season opens with “The World of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor” with Richard Cooke conducting and tenor Ben Hulett and violinist Fenella Humphreys as soloists. The celebration of the music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor will include Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast.
Performance Date: Oct. 9, 2022
Christmas with the Royal Choral Society will include Mary Bevan conducted by Richard Cooke.
Performance Date: Dec. 12, 2022
The Carols at the Hall Royal Albert Hall will be conducted by Richard Cooke with Greg Beardsell. The concert will feature Fifteen carol concerts in the lead-up to Christmas at London’s favorite venue.
Performance Dates: Dec. 17-24, 2022
Händel’s “Messiah” will be performed on Good Friday. Richard Cooke conducts the performance starring Keri Fuge, Marta Fontanals-Simmons, Andrew Staples, and James Clerverton.
Performance Date: April 7, 2023
The season concludes with A Royal Celebration under Richard Cooke.
Performance Date: May 7, 2023