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University connection with Golden Jubilee Concert

Quick off the mark to make a joyful noise in Jubilee Year is the Harborough Millennium Chorus with a concert of coronation music to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee on Saturday, May 18 in St Dionysius Church, centre of Market Harborough, at 7.30pm.

Conductor of the Harborough Millennium Chorus is David Johnson, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History. 

The programme he has chosen for this celebratory concert is full of royal resonances, and includes coronation anthems by Parry and Handel (Zadok the Priest), three items composed for the present Queen's coronation, together with readings and organ solos.

"Some of the best British music has been composed for Royal occasions", says David, "so this is, for both singers and audience, a chance to share in some golden moments of history, recalling as it does coronations of the past. It also seems an appropriate event to include some music from the Queen Mother's funeral."

Organist Ian Imlay - an honorary graduate of the University of Leicester and well-known for his centre-stage role as organist for the University's degree ceremonies in De Montfort Hall - is the guest organist. Presenter Dave Andrews from BBC Radio Leicester is guest compere.

The Harborough Millennium Chorus, founded by David Johnson, has been from the start committed to the very successful and presently popular format of same-day rehearsal and performance. Holding two concerts each year, it has built on a strong base of more than 80 singers from all over the Midlands and further afield in its first year (2000) alone. All proceeds from HMC concerts go to charity.

For further details, to obtain tickets (5, concessions 4) or to register interest in singing with the Harborough Millennium Chorus contact David Johnson, Department of History, dtj@le.ac.uk.


May 2002

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