Let's go to the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank
for an evening of opera and show songs
from the Parliament Choir and the Southbank Sinfonia
with soloists Janis Kelly and Jamie MacDougall.
We'll need to get our own tickets, so we won't be sitting together, but I will email my mobile phone number and a meeting point to everyone who RSVPs so those who want to meet after the concert can do so. It's going to be a great evening. Hope to see you there.
Ticket prices are £30, £20 and £10.
They are available from the Queen Elizabeth Hall on[masked] or southbankcentre.co.uk.
Founded in 2000 for those – MPs, Peers and staff – who work in the Palace of Westminster, the Parliament Choir now has over 120 full members united across traditional party divides by the common love of choral singing. The Parliament Choir has sung with many leading soloists including Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Felicity Lott and Dame Emma Kirkby and with some of the finest young singers at the beginning of their careers. It has performed in some of the country’s most spectacular buildings, among them Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, York Minster and Coventry Cathedral.
In 2010 the Choir celebrated its tenth anniversary with a landmark concert in the historic Westminster Hall within the Palace of Westminster and two sell-out performances of Britten’s War Requiem: in Coventry Cathedral (on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the bombing of the cathedral) and in Westminster Cathedral.
Last year the Choir performed a medley, specially arranged by Parliament's composer-in-residence Nicholas O'Neill, at the Commonwealth Carnival of Music, an international celebration for the Diamond Jubilee held in Westminster Hall.
Southbank Sinfonia is an orchestra of young professionals described by The Times as ‘a dashing ensemble who play with exhilarating fizz, exactness and stamina’.
Now firmly established as Britain’s leading orchestral academy, Southbank Sinfonia provides the most talented graduate musicians with a much-needed springboard into the profession. The orchestra presents over 60 concerts each year across the UK and Europe performing orchestral repertoire, chamber music and opera as well as music for ballet, dance and theatre. Players work regularly with leading performing arts organisations, including the Royal Opera House and Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Southbank Sinfonia has recently been awarded the Praemium Imperiale Grant for Young Artists by the Japan Art Association.
Southbank Sinfonia, under its Music Director, Simon Over, has played for all the Parliament Choir’s major concerts since 2002.