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20 April 2019, 06:00 | Updated: 20 April 2019, 06:01
To celebrate the 200th birthdays of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the Royal Choral Society will join the Coburg Philharmonic Orchestra in a special performance of some of the royal couple’s favourite music.
The 200th birthdays of Queen Victoria and her visionary consort Albert, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (26 August) are being celebrated – and you could be there.
To mark this historic double anniversary, the Royal Choral Society (the choir named by Queen Victoria herself in 1888) will join forces with the orchestra from Albert’s home town, the Coburg Philharmonic Orchestra, in a performance of some of the royal couple’s favourite music.
Both were accomplished pianists and singers and Albert was also a composer. They were friends of Felix Mendelssohn, who played for them at Buckingham Palace and even arranged his music for their piano duets.
Royal Choral Society Music Director Richard Cooke will conduct Mendelssohn’s great ‘Hymn of Praise’ (Lobgesang) and Coburg Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Roland Kluttig will conduct Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 ‘Reformation’.
The concert will begin with the popular Hör mein Bitten (Hear my Prayer/O for the Wings of a Dove), and an enchanting work composed by Prince Albert, the vocal serenade Ständchen.
The performance will take place on Saturday 25 May 2019 at 7.30pm, at London’s Cadogan Hall.
Tickets are available from just £15 from CadoganHall.com