Date: 3 April 2020

Choir: City Chorus conducted by Paul Ayres

Orchestra: Instrumentalists from the Royal College of Music

Start time: 7.30 pm

Venue: Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, London SE1 9DA


      • Mozart Coronation Mass (K317)
      • Handel Zadok the Priest (HWV 258)
      • Mozart Ave Verum Corpus (K618)
      • Handel My Heart is Inditing (HWV 261)

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City Chorus sings Mozart Coronation Mass and Handel Zadok the Priest

City Chorus is celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2020 with a special birthday concert on 3rd April 2020. Please join us to hear 100 choral voices, accompanied by Instrumentalists from the Royal College of Music and professional soloists. We will perform Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Ave Verum Corpus, and Handel’s anthems My Heart is Inditing and Zadok the Priest, in the stunning setting of Southwark Cathedral in London.

The Choir’s History

The City Chorus began life in 1920 as a choir set up by staff of the National Provincial Bank, as it was then known. From the first, it was a significant London musical group, attracting distinguished soloists and performing the core classical repertoire. After an inaugural performance in Westminster Central Hall of Coleridge Taylor’s Hiawatha, the National Provincial Bank Musical Society went from strength to strength, and in 1922 was honoured

to have the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams conducting his own Fantasia on Christmas Carols. The repertoire expanded to include works by Elgar, Brahms and Holst, and one of the choir’s concerts was shown on television, a novelty at the time. In 1965, the choir underwent a fundamental change when it appointed its first ever professional conductor, Ian Humphris. Another change occurred in 1969 when the Provincial’s merger with Westminster Bank led to the change of the choir’s name to the National Westminster Bank Choir. The Nat West Bank, now part of the Royal Bank of Scotland, has subsequently provided much appreciated support throughout the years. Since then, the choir has changed its name to City Chorus and performed a wide range of music from the sixteenth century to modern choral compositions and arrangements, including works by Clucas, Grabu, Fauré, Lotti, Rossini, Orff and Elgar. To celebrate the choir’s 90th birthday, City Chorus commissioned a new piece, ‘Still Roar’, from British Composer Award winner Kerry Andrew. On tour, the choir has visited Brussels, the Isle of Wight, the Isle of Man, and has appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe. Future plans include an exchange with the choir Een van Zin from Eindhoven.

Paul Ayres was born in London, studied music at Oxford University, and now works freelance as a composer & arranger, choral conductor & musical director, and organist & accompanist. In addition to directing City Chorus, he conducts London College of Music Chorus, and several workplace choirs. Paul has received over one hundred commissions for new works, and he particularly enjoys “re-composing” classical works in various styles, and creating classical versions of pop and rock music.

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