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Wren 300 Concert: Purcell, 1692

28 September 2023, 6.30pm

Royal Hospital Choir
Royal Hospital Choir
Royal Hospital Choir
28 September 2023, 6.30pm – 8.15pm

Wren 300 Concert: Purcell, 1692

The Royal Hospital Chelsea Chapel Choir and Meridian Sinfonia perform the music of Henry Purcell to mark the tercentenary of Sir Christopher Wren’s death.

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About the concert

6.30pm – Drinks and music in Great Hall
7.15pm – 8.15pm – Concert in the Wren Chapel

To commemorate the death of one of the nation’s greatest architects, Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723), the Chapel Choir and Meridian Sinfonia perform an evening of the music of Henry Purcell (1659-1695), the most famous English composer working during Wren’s lifetime.

The performance will feature works written in 1692, the year the Royal Hospital opened its doors to the first Chelsea Pensioners, including Purcell’s magnificent ode to St Cecilia, Hail! Bright Cecilia.

Musical programme

Excerpts from Purcell’s semi-opera, The Fairy-Queen (1692), will be performed in the Great Hall during the drinks reception by the Chapel Choir:

  • Overture
  • Hail! Great Parent
  • Thus the Ever Grateful Spring
  • Here’s the Summer
  • See My Many Colour’d Fields
  • Next Winter Comes Slowly

The audience will then move to the Chapel for the continuation of the musical programme:

  • Ode to St Cecilia’s Day 1692: Hail! Bright Cecilia

About the performers

The Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea is one of the finest professional church choirs in the UK. Its members sing Choral Matins in the Wren Chapel every Sunday at 11.00am (a service which is open to the general public), and provide the music at carol services, weddings and other events at the Royal Hospital.

William Vann is the Organist and Director of Music at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, a post he has held since 2012. He is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, and the founder and Artistic Director of the London English Song Festival.

Meridian Sinfonia is a dynamic and highly flexible professional ensemble, drawing on players from both the period instrument and modern orchestral worlds. Its players are highly sought after throughout the UK and Europe as performers, soloists and teachers.

About Wren 300

This event is held as part of Wren 300, a multi-faceted celebration of the life and work of the renowned British architect, mathematician, astronomer and scientist Sir Christopher Wren.

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28 September 2023
6.30pm - 8.15pm
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Royal Hospital Chelsea (Wren Chapel)
Royal Hospital Road
London, SW3 4SR United Kingdom