Midweek Music

Wednesdays 1.15pm-1.45pmMidweek Music

A series of 30-minute concerts held in the Chapel of Royal Holloway every Wednesday lunchtime during the academic term.

The 30-minute performances are free of charge and informal, allowing people to come and go as their schedule allows.

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Autumn Term 2018:

26 September: Cityscapes I - Gloucester

As part of a series of concerts celebrating music from cities around the world, the choir and organists explore music inspired by and written for Gloucester, including an English premiere of a work by David Bednall.

3 October: Cityscapes II - Rome to Venice

Taking in two of Italy's greatest cities, this concert has music by Palestrina written for the Pope in Rome, through to Giovanni Gabrieli's polychoral music for the splendour of St. Mark's, Venice. Along the way there will be excerpts from Vivaldi's famous Gloria, as well as a depiction of the canals of Venice by Mendelssohn.

10 October: The Great Restoration

Upon Charles II returning to England for his Coronation in 1660, there was a great revival in the arts, and with it a greater musical influence from abroad. With music by Purcell, John Blow, John Stanley, William Boyce and Maurice Greene, the choirs and organists will explore the music of this ‘new’ era.

17 October: Cityscapes III – Paris

Paris has long been a cultural capital in Europe. In the late 19th and 20th centuries, musicians who worked for the church began to find fame as composers. With music by Saint-Saëns, Alain and Debussy, the programme will also feature Fauré’s famous Cantique de Jean Raçine for Harp and choir.

24 October: Organ Fireworks

The College’s organists perform a varied programme celebrating music for the king of instruments.

31 October: Cityscapes III – Leipzig   

Leipzig is best known as being the home of J.S Bach from 1723, where he composed many of his famous sacred works. This concert opens with his double-choir motet Komm, Jesu komm, but also features the music of Mendelssohn who reinvigorated the music of the city, and rediscovered much of the music of Bach.

7 November: The Founder's Choir


14 November: My spirit sang all day

Featuring folk-inspired music from across the UK, this concert is book-ended by Ben Parry's and Gerald Finzi's settings of Robert Bridges' text My spirit sang all day. The programme also includes arrangements of Baylere, and the well-known Welsh hymn, Ar hyd y nos.

21 November: Ode to Music

To mark St Cecilia's Day, the choir perform a concert to celebrate music! It will include compositions by Schubert, James MacMillan, John Rutter and Parry before ending with Herbert Howells' rousing Hymn to St Cecilia.

28 November: Advent Antiphons

The 'O Antiphons' are liturgical pieces of plainsong that are used in the Western Church leading up to Christmas. These are interpolated with music for the season of Advent by Palestrina, Handel, Tallis and Gabriel Jackson.

5 December: Handel's Messiah

The Chapel Choir perform excerpts from Handel's famous oratorio, with soloists being drawn from within the choir. With rousing choruses to uplifiting arias, don't miss this opportunity to hear some of the composer's most famous work performed in the beautiful chapel.

12 December: Christmas with the Founder's Choir

In this final concert of the term, and of 2018, the Founder's Choir perform some popular festive favourites, and lead the audience in a number of songs for the Christmas season.



Previous concerts:

The Choir of Royal Holloway is the only collegiate choir to offer free concerts every week during term-time. The innovative programmes have included themes of seasons, church festivals, single composers, one historical period or event, concerts of solos or ensembles, organ recitals as well as everything else inbetween. Click on the images below to find out more about our previous concerts.










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