Music fit for the Royals

Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, who has been given the title of The Duchess of Cambridge, kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, following their wedding at Westminster Abbey.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING Lead. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, who has been given the title of The Duchess of Cambridge, kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, following their wedding at Westminster Abbey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 29, 2011. See PA story WEDDING Lead. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire

THE Rock Festival Choir presents a concert celebrating the Royal Wedding music in Diamond Jubilee year.

The musical feast takes place on Sunday at St Paul’s Church, Alnwick, from 7.30pm.

The repertoire includes music from last April’s marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, such as Paul Mealor’s Ubi Caritas, John Rutter’s This is the Day and I Was Glad by Charles Hubert Hastings Parry.

Rutter’s piece was composed specially for the wedding.

Parry’s well-known anthem was also performed during the Queen’s Coronation 60-years-ago, so evokes both celebrations.

The motet Ubi Caritas was written in 2010 on the Island of Anglesey, where HRH the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge live, and was premièred at the Royal Wedding.

Mealor also wrote the music for Wherever You Are – a song compiled from letters written between the wives and partners of British Army military personnel on active service in the Afghanistan War as part of Gareth Malone’s BBC Two television series, The Choir: Military Wives.

Wherever You Are was the Christmas Number One in 2011.

In addition to these pieces, the Choir will perform Bob Chilcott’s Requiem, which has been recognised as a major new choral work. Peter Brown, director of the Rock Festival Choir, believes this will be the first performance of the work in the North East of England.

The soprano and tenor soloists will be Claire Johnson and Jamie Day, and the organist will be Peter Hignett.

Bob Chilcott has been involved with choral music all his life, as both a chorister and as a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge. He later sang and composed music for 12 years with the King’s Singers. He has become a celebrated and much performed composer who promotes choral music worldwide, and his Requiem is a stunning and highly memorable example of his work.

Tickets are priced £7.50, £6.50 concessions and are available on the door.