Thurrock Community Chorus set to perform at Brandenburg Choral Festival

Jette Parker Young Artists Join Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus to perform in the Brandenburg Choral Festival at St James’s Church in London

Sunday 26 April at 7.30pm

St James’s Sussex Gardens, London, W2 3UD

Box Office 020 7766 1100

Unreserved seating

www.roh.org.uk/community-chorus

The Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus will be joined by soloists from the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme when they perform in the Brandenburg Choral Festival on Sunday 26 April in a concert entitled Opera Choruses and Folksongs at St James’s Church in London.

After a tremendous year for the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus in 2014, during which it performed Verdi’s Requiem to sell-out audiences at the High House Production Park, it returns to the prestigious Brandenburg Choral Festival to perform a variety of opera choruses. Joining the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus in the concert will be international soloists Luis Gomes, Anush Hovhannisyan, Rachel Kelly and Yuriy Yurchuk from The Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.

Anush Hovhannisyan said: ‘Having shared the stage with members of the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus at the Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance last year, I am thrilled to join this great group of music lovers again, now for the Brandenburg Choral Festival. I am looking forward to all the fun and joy that we are going to have on this project.’

The programme for the concert includes ‘Brindisi’ from Verdi’s La traviata, ‘Habanera’ from Bizet’s Carmen, the Humming Chorus from Madama Butterfly and other works by Copeland and Wagner. The Tapestry Female Voice Choir will also be performing in the concert and will sing Vaughan Williams Folksongs of the Four Seasons.

Chorus member Mike Ostler said: "This is the second time that Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus has appeared at the Brandenburg Choral Festival. It is inspiring to be part of a concert comprising two contrasting and complimentary styles of singing.  The support of a London audience, for the most part new to us, is greatly appreciated."

The Brandenburg Choral Festival is London’s biggest and broadest annual choral celebration for amateur choirs. The festival opens in December and runs through until May.

2015 looks set to be another busy year for the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus. In July, the FUSED festival returns for its fourth year and the Chorus will perform a joint concert with RM19, the Royal Opera House Thurrock Youth Vocal group.

Tickets for Opera Choruses and Folksongs are available from the Brandenburg Choral Festival Box Office on 020 7766 1100. Tickets £18 adults, children £5. Please go to HYPERLINK "http://www.brandenburg.org.uk" www.brandenburg.org.uk for more information. Watch out for more information about the FUSED festival coming soon.

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