Best of British at Roundhouse

THE newly restored Roundhouse in Derby is to stage a Choral Festival on Saturday, April 9, from 7.30pm.

Derby Bach Choir and conductor Richard Roddis will lead hundreds of local singers in a programme of exciting, largely British, choral music, a memorable concert in a spectacular building.

The major work will be William Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, an exuberant composition for two choirs, baritone soloist, two offstage brass groups and large orchestra.

Additional pieces include the joyous Coronation Te Deum, also by Walton, written by for the 1953 Coronation of The Queen and also utilising offstage brass, Sir Hubert Parry’s hugely popular I Was Glad, composed for Edward VII’s Coronation in 1902and the beautiful and soulful Alleluia by Randall Thompson.

Derby Bach Choir will sing Grainger’s haunting Shallow Brown while the Derwent Singers will be offering up the lighthearted Italian Salad by Richard Genee.

The powerful, velvety-voiced Brazilian baritone Mario Solimene will join the proceedings from the Magdeburg Opera House in Germany while Nottingham Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Derek Williams, will be accompanying the proceedings and also playing another exciting work by William Walton, the Spitfire Prelude And Fugue, taken from the soundtrack for the 1942 film The First Of The Few.

Singers taking part have been brought together under the banner of the Derby Festival Chorus and include members of Derby Bach Choir, the Derwent Singers, the Derbyshire Singers, Sinfonia Chorale and Nottingham-based In Accord, plus singers from the Belper Singers, Derby Choral Union, the Sitwell Singers and Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir.

Music lovers are being encouraged to what is a new venture at a new concert venue featuring a lively, modern but accessible programme.

Tickets are £15, students, under 16s and children get in free. The tickets are available from Foulds of Irongate in Derby. Call 01332 344842.