Queen’s chapel welcomes Brandenburg Choral Festival
The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy has thrown open the doors to welcome the Brandenburg Choral Festival to the chapel for a series of concerts throughout March and April.
The annual Brandenburg Choral Festival is a platform for amateur choirs to perform in some of the best central London venues, and this year will include performances at The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy, the private chapel of the Sovereign.
The chapel has already played host to St Georges Weybridge Chamber Choir who performed a rendition of Duruflé Requiem and upcoming performances will include Byrd Tallis Vaughan Williams by the St Martin-in-the-Fields Choral Scholars, Tallis Lamentations by the Borough Chamber Choir and Vivaldi Gloria by the Grove Singers.
The schedule is as follows:
• Byrd Tallis Vaughan Williams by the St Martin-in-the-Fields Choral Scholars, 13 March at 2pm;
• Tallis Lamentations by the Borough Chamber Choir, 27 March at 7.30pm and;
• Vivaldi Gloria by the Grove Singers, 17 April at 2pm
Preceding each performance will be a guided walking tour of the chapel, starting 90 minutes before the main event.
The Reverend Professor Peter Galloway OBE, chaplain of The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy said, “We’re really pleased to be able to open up such a wonderful space to music that reflects its majesty. The Queen’s Chapel has had a buoyant year, with both the completion of renovation work and The Queen’s visit in November.”
Paul Clarke, CEO of the Duchy of Lancaster added, “We’re delighted to welcome the Brandenburg Choral Festival to the Chapel this year. The building is a hidden gem in the heart of London, so it’s great to be able to open it up for more people to see.”
The Chapel, held by the Duchy of Lancaster in trust for the Sovereign in right of His or Her Duchy of Lancaster, played host to Her Majesty on the 1 November last year, as she unveiled a personalised stained glass window made in her honour for her Diamond Jubilee. The final design, which The Queen herself approved, included a personal touch of a corgi placed between her horse’s hooves.