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Woodbridge Choral Society: Kings & Queens

Wednesday 16 Aug 2017 9:33pm


Woodbridge Choral Society
Michaela Parry, Aidan Edwards, Benjamin Lewis, Isabella Gage and Alexander Banfield soloists
Kingfisher Sinfonia
Andrew Leach conductor


Handel Zadok the Priest
Purcell Dido’s Lament
Verdi Pieta, rispetto, amore, from Macbeth
Mozart Coronation Mass
Jana Rowland King Raedwald’s Return
Britten The Courtly Dances from Gloriana
Look! through the port, from Billy Budd
Parry I was glad

The concert, with its royal courtly theme, heralds the coming of a new community opera, composed by Jana Rowland called The King’s River, which will be performed in Woodbridge in July. The opera commemorates King Raedwald, the earliest Christian king of East Anglia, who, it is thought, was buried at Sutton Hoo in AD 624, and the discovery of the burial ship and treasure in the 1930s. A 40 ft scale model of Sae Wyfling, his Anglo Saxon ship, will be on display at Snape Maltings during the concert.

King Raedwald’s Return is a cantata taken from The King’s River, and is just one of the pieces with a royal motif, to be performed by Woodbridge Choral Society, established in the 1880s, accompanied by Kingfisher Sinfona, under the baton of Andrew Leach.

The five soloists are from the Royal Northern College of Music. Benjamin Lewis (baritone), Michaela Parry (mezzo) and Aidan Edwards (baritone) each of whom have won the Elizabeth Harwood prize. Isabella Gage (soprano) and Alexander Banfield (tenor) are post graduate singers.