Singers team up for Philharmonia show

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THE Choral Societies of Berkhamsted and Chorleywood join forces to sing as the English Philharmonia Chorus on Saturday, under the baton of conductor Graham Wili, with the professional orchestral accompaniment of the 64 strong English Philharmonia.

The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace by Karl Jenkins is a profoundly moving choral work, currently the most performed piece of classical music by a living composer anywhere in the world.

It captured the public’s imagination on its release – the day before 9/11 – and its popularity continues to increase.

The Benedictus is very well-known and much-loved.

The choirs are delighted to welcome Qari Mohammed Saleem from Watford Jamia Mosque to perform the Muslim Call to Prayer, which forms the second section of the piece.

For a complete contrast the programme also includes The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams, one of the nation’s classical favourites.

The soaring violin solo is played by Jonathan Evans-Jones whose experience ranges from recitals at prestigious London venues to concert performances with many of the major UK orchestras to appearing as the leader of the band in James Cameron’s award-winning film Titanic.

Chris Williams’ lively Gloria completes a programme that is both contrasting and complementary and promises to raise the rafters of the recently refurbished Colosseum.

The Choral Societies of Berkhamsted and Chorleywood, singing as the English Philharmonia Chorus, will be at the Watford Colosseum on Saturday, May 19 at 7.30pm.

Call the box office on 0845 075 3993 for tickets or go online at www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk.

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