SINGERS from three cathedral choirs are performing in two major concerts at Salisbury Cathedral during the 2018 Southern Cathedrals Festival.

Girl choristers from Winchester and Salisbury Cathedral, along with adult singers from Chichester, Winchester and Salisbury, will perform Handel’s Coronation Anthems and Purcell’s Te Deum and Jubilate with a period orchestra on Friday, July 19, 7pm.

The concert with period instruments seeks to reproduce, as faithfully as possible, the manner and style of the era in the work was originally conceived.

The final concert of the festival brings together the full choirs from all three cathedrals – boys, men and girls - with a programme that features Brahms’ sublime Ein Deutsches Requiem accompanied by the orchestra, La Folia.

The choir and orchestra will also perform Elgar’s Lux aeterna and Kelly’s Elegy ‘In memoriam Rupert Brooke’.

The closing concert takes place in the cathedral at 6pm on Saturday, July 21.

A total of five services will be sung during the Southern Cathedrals Festival.

David Halls, director of music at Salisbury Cathedral and artistic director of the festival says: “The Festival marks the friendship between the three cathedrals of Chichester, Winchester and Salisbury that goes back many years. Out of it has grown a family of musicians, patrons, worshippers and audience members for whom this Festival offers not only an opportunity to support the ‘home team’ but to hear some wonderful music.”

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