Windsor and Eton Choral Society have been saved from major cancellation in their calendar.
They were planning to perform a choral performance of Handel’s dramatic Oratorio ‘Samson’ at Eton School Hall at the end of March .
The booking was however cancelled very suddenly as a result of emergency structural work being undertaken on the ceiling of School Hall .
Chris Aitken ( Vice Chair of the Choral Society) said ; ‘The search for a venue large enough to accommodate a substantial audience, choir, orchestra and soloists began and after much searching, Windsor Parish Church has now come to the rescue’.
The exciting concert will now take place on Friday March 20th at Windsor Parish Church at 7 30 pm .
The Concert will be conducted by Tim Johnson and The Windsor and Eton Choral Society will be accompanied by The Orpheus Sinfonia with an array of stunning soloists including Anna Cavaliero, Simon Ponsford, Ben Thapa and Quentin Hayes.
The story of Samson and Delilah is famous and the choruses featured in this work are amongst the best and most varied which Handel ever composed. Samson also includes a brilliant solo duet for Samson and Dalilah and numerous solo arias of outstanding quality. In Act 1 Samson sings his famous aria ‘Total eclipse’. The second Act opens with one of Handel’s most beautiful contralto arias ‘ Return, oh God of hosts’ (beautifully sung on disc by the famous Kathleen Ferrier) and just before the end of Samson there is one of Handel’s best known arias, ‘Let the bright Seraphim’ which Kiri te Kanawa sang at Prince Charles and Diana’s wedding at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
We are delighted to be performing such a magnificent work in Windsor Parish Church.
Tickets are available from 01628 528 041 and http://www.w-ecs.org.uk
and will be available at the door .