Region gears up for Windsor Festival
Published: 15 Sep 2013 17:150 comments
TWO renowned choirs will combine for the first time to celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation as part of 'a diverse programme of cultural excellence’ descending on Windsor.
This year’s Windsor Festival will take over venues across the Royal Borough from Monday for a two-week celebration of music, literature and the arts.
One of the highlights will be the Coronation Celebration at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, on Wednesday, September 25, from 7.30pm.
The Choirs of the Chapels Royal and Windsor’s own St George’s Chapel will take the stage together for the first time to present works from the Coronation paired with choral favourites and little known gems. Traditional items such as Handel’s Zadok the Priest and Parry’s I was Glad will be performed with pieces commissioned for the Coronation by leading composers of the day including Vaughan Williams’ O Taste and See.
Festival director Martin Denny said: “It is a unique occasion celebrating the Coronation anniversary which comes from the original idea of our patron The Earl of Wessex. We are very excited about it and very excited Classic FM will be recording it for broadcast.”
He added: “I am very much looking forward to it all starting on Monday.”
The jam-packed programme features a feast of arts and culture for the whole family with highlights including a literary talk with Charles Moore, who recently released the authorised biography of Margaret Thatcher, family entertainment The Wimpy Kid Show and behind-the-scenes access to Combermere Barracks, home to The Household Cavalry.
Talented New Zealand-born violinist Benjamin Baker, who captured both the audience’s imagination and the judges in this year’s International String Competition in March to take first place, will also perform with the world renowned Philharmonia Orchestra at the Waterloo Chamber, Windsor Castle.
The line-up also features two exhibitions - Edward IV and Life On The Edge.
Edward IV marks the anniversary of the death of the monarch and his burial in Windsor. The exhibition which opened at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in May and will remain open until June next year, displays items from the Chapel archives covering his battles to win the crown, his grand rebuilding of St George’s Chapel, and his desire to establish it as a Royal mausoleum for the House of York.
Life On The Edge opens at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park, on Wednesday (18) is an exhibition of dramatic and dynamic painting by artist Sally James.
For more information and tickets, visit www.windsorfestival.com