An hour-long programme of English choral music will be performed at Peterborough Cathedral on Friday 1st July, at 7.00pm.
As historical re-enactors set up camp in the Cathedral Precincts prior to Peterborough Heritage Festival’s Big Weekend on 2nd and 3rd July, inside the ancient building the Cathedral Choir, Youth Choir and Festival Chorus will perform some of the most moving works in the English choral tradition.
The concert, directed by Steven Grahl, will include a performance of Parry’s I was glad. The piece was composed for the coronation of Edward VII in 1902 and has been used at every coronation since. It includes the famous shouts of “vivat!”. The pomp and splendour of this music will be contrasted with the emotional intensity of Tippett’s Five Spirituals from a Child of our Time.
The Peterborough Cathedral Choir has recently returned from a singing tour of France and Germany, where a reviewer described the choristers’ intonation of tricky, close harmonies as “sure footed and immaculate”.
Tickets for the concert are £12.50 (under 18s £6). They are available online via the Cathedral website, or call 01832 274734, or buy on the door.