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Hereford Cathedral Concert for the Coronation

The Chapter of Hereford Cathedral and Hereford Cathedral School welcome everyone to join them as they host A Concert for the Coronation on Friday 5 May at 7pm.

The concert, which will celebrate the Coronation of Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort, will feature a programme of uplifting, celebratory and patriotic music to start the celebrations of the weekend. Performed by the choirs, concert band and symphony orchestra of Hereford Cathedral School, the programme will feature coronation anthems and music by Parry, Handel, Walton and Vaughan Williams including some favourites from the Last Night of the Proms repertoire.

Performers on the evening will include Hereford Cathedral School Choral Society, Chapel Choir, Senior Chamber Choir, Cantabile Girls’ Choir, Junior Choir, Colla Voce and Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band & Clarinet Ensemble

Cantabile singing at Hereford Cathedral c. Caroline Potter
Cantabile Girls Choir singing at Hereford Cathedral

Dr Michael Gray, Headmaster of Hereford Cathedral School, said: ‘I’m tremendously excited about the Coronation Concert and the opportunity to celebrate such a historic and momentous occasion in the life of our nation. Music is such an important aspect of each of our lives and is used in times of joy and in times of mourning alike. On the occasion of His Majesty King Charles III’s coronation, we are privileged to mark this great event by coming together and harnessing the power of music and collective gathering to celebrate and rejoice together.’

The Very Revd Sarah Brown, Dean of Hereford, said: ‘Since starting in post at similar times, Dr Gray and I have enjoyed working closely together on joint school and cathedral initiatives. This concert of celebration is an especially joyous example of such collaboration, to the glory of God in thanksgiving for our new king.’

Tickets for A Concert for the Coronation, a fundraising event for the Chapter of Hereford Cathedral and Hereford Cathedral School, cost £15 & £10 and are available to purchase from the Cathedral Shop and website.

There are also other opportunities to mark the Coronation weekend at Hereford Cathedral. On Sunday 7 May at 10.30 am there is an Orchestral Eucharist at 10.30am celebrating the Feast of Consecration, at which Hereford Cathedral Choir sings music including Haydn’s Paukenmesse and works by Mozart. Later the same day there is a County Service to commemorate the Coronation at 3.30 pm.

The cathedral will also be hosting a selection of exhibitions from Wednesday 3 to Friday 19 May including photographs from royal visits throughout the years, an archive display of royal seals and documents and a selection of artwork by local primary schoolchildren celebrating the King’s values.

On Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May from 11am to 3.30pm, visitors will also be able to visit Café on The Close, a new pop-up catering area run by the team from the Cathedral Café. The pop up will be selling a range of refreshments including salad boxes, filled rolls and cream teas making it the perfect option for those looking to take part in the Big Lunch.

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