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The Really Big Chorus returns to the Royal Albert Hall to share in our 150th anniversary celebrations.

The beautiful Fauré Requiem is sung in the first half, and after the interval we celebrate in style with pieces and composers connected to the Hall’s first few years.

Sir Arthur Sullivan was one of the conductors at the very first Hall concert, and his song The Lost Chord was a number-one seller in the 1870s and 80s. Saint-Saëns was also a featured performer that season – we enjoy his Danse macabre, well known today as the theme- tune to the BBC crime drama Jonathan Creek. International concert organist Jane Watts puts the Willis organ through its paces in the famous Widor Toccata and the concert ends with Parry’s glorious choral setting of Milton’s poem Blest pair of Sirens.

The Really Big Chorus also showcases a rare work – the Te Deum by Albert, Prince Consort, after whom the Hall was named. The work is rarely performed outside the Chapel Royal but deserves an outing on this notable anniversary.

FAURÉ Requiem
ALBERT, PRINCE CONSORT Te Deum
SULLIVAN The Lost Chord
WIDOR Toccata
SAINT-SAËNS Danse macabre
PARRY Blest pair of Sirens

Brian Kay conductor
The Really Big Chorus
The English Festival Orchestra