Belper ensemble The Dalesmen Male Voice Choir will be singing at Derby Cathedral this weekend as part of a special concert to mark The Queen’s 90th birthday.
The Dalesmen will join Melbourne’s mixed voice choir A Choir’d Taste in a rousing programme of music from Royal events and all around the British Isles.
The Derventio Brass Ensemble will also perform, along with the Il Berberi String Quartet and international opera singer Karen England.
The evening will begin with the choirs singing the famous Royal anthem used at coronations, Handels’ Zadok the Priest.
Then A Choir’d Taste accompanied by the string quartet will sing movements from Vivaldi’s Gloria .
This half of the concert will be stirring and regal and show the dignity of Royal events with trumpets and voices in baroque spendour.
Karen England will also sing the beautiful Domine Deus, included in Vivaldi’s Gloria, Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and a beautiful Handel aria.
The second half of the concert will feature Karen singing classics such as Rose of England, and We’ll Gather Lilacs.
The Dalesmen will sing songs from the British Isles, and songs known to be favourites of The Queen, such as There is Nothing Like a Dame, The Rhythm of Life and The American Trilogy.
Both choirs will join forces at the end to sing You Raise Me Up and The Rose.
The evening will finish on a high with the Hallelujah Chorus from Handels’ Messiah, and the National Anthem with the brass ensemble and string quartet providing an exciting climax to the evening.
James Roberson will compare the evening.
The concert is on Saturday, June 18 at 7.30pm.
Tickets are £15 from Foulds Music Shop on Iron Gate in Derby.