November Fundraising Concert at The Chapel Royal-a Huge Success!

The Fundraising Concert in aid of The Choral Foundation on Tuesday 20th November at The Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace was a huge success, raising over £6,000.

Thank you to all the performers including the Gentlemen and Choristers of The Chapel Royal, Rufus Frowde, organist and Lesley Shrigley Jones, cellist, and Musical Director of The Chapel Royal, Carl Jackson MVO. The performance was enthusiastically received by the audience which filled the Chapel Royal.

Proceeds from the concert will go to The Choral Foundation, The Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, which is a registered charity with the aim of raising funds to ensure that boys from every walk of life have the opportunity of a free first class musical education.

Fundraising Concert on 20 November at 7:45 PM

The Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace will be opening its doors to the public for a special concert of choral, organ and cello music. This is a unique opportunity to hear the famous Chapel Royal Choir of men and boys after dark in the atmospheric surrounds of Hampton Court Palace.
Doors open at 7.15pm and the concert will feature the Choir of HM Chapel Royal, Rufus Frowde, organist and Lesley Shrigley Jones, cellist, conducted by Musical Director of The Chapel Royal, Carl Jackson MVO.
The programme of music will be framed by two magnificent and imposing choral items: Zadok the Priest and Hallelujah (from ‘Messiah’) by George Frideric Handel, Composer of Music for the Chapel Royal. It will also include three pieces from the ‘Choirbook for The Queen’, a collection of forty-four contemporary anthems published to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen, and which has been used during the year by eighty cathedral, collegiate and choral foundations.

Proceeds from the concert will go to The Choral Foundation, The Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, which is a registered charity with the aim of raising funds to ensure that boys from every walk of life have the opportunity of a free first class musical education.

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies CBE, Master of the Queen’s Music is a Patron of The Choral Foundation and said this about the Concert: “I am delighted to support this evening of choral and cello music being held in the beautiful surroundings of The Chapel Royal, to raise funds to further the objectives of The Foundation. It is a particular joy to see that the Choir is being joined by the cellist Lesley Shrigley Jones who worked with me in my ensemble The Fires of London.”

Cellist Lesley Shrigley Jones, who lives locally in Teddington will join the choir for items by Rutter, Duruflé and Franck in addition to playing solo cello pieces by J.C. and J.S. Bach.
Tickets are available online via the Hampton Court Palace website http://www.hrp.org.uk/HamptonCourtPalace/ listed under “What’s on” or by telephoning 0844 482 7799, at a cost of £25.

Royal Festival Hall

The choristers of HM Chapel Royal are busy preparing for an appearance at the Royal Festival Hall.  On 8th November the choristers will sing as part of the Orion Symphony Chorus in a concert entitled Crown and Country.  They will perform “Zadok the Priest” by Handel in a charity gala concert in the presence of HRH Princess Michael of Kent.  The boys are very excited about singing at a London concert hall, especially as they will also get a chance to hear performances by such famous musicians as Julian Lloyd Webber and Tasmin Little.

Chapel Royal Choristers

Chorister Taster Afternoon

On Saturday 8th September, 24 boys aged 8 to 10 years, from 15 different local schools enjoyed the first ever chorister taster afternoon at HM Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace. A performance of “The Call of Wisdom” by Will Todd was followed by a delicious afternoon tea with the choristers. Mikolaj Derdun aged 9 from Hampton Junior School said “It was really fun and everyone was really kind”. Luke Sitararam aged 9 from Holy Trinity School, Richmond said “It was great! Other boys should definitely do this if they get the chance”. All the boys who participate received a special certificate signed by Carl Jackson MVO and have been invited to attend a formal audition. The Head of Music at St James’s RC School, Twickenham who sent three candidates along reported “The boys did mention that there was some singing involved but the tea seemed to be the high point. It loomed largest and fondest in their memories of the afternoon”

Chorister Taster Afternoon Chapel Royal Hampton Court Palace

Chorister Taster Afternoon – Saturday 8th September

Local boys aged 8 to 10 years with musical potential are invited to come along and see what life is like as a chorister at HM Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace. While the boys take part in a choral workshop led by the Director of Music, Carl Jackson MVO, parents will hear a presentation about the choir. We are delighted to announce that Barry Martin, Head of Hampton School will give a talk on the choral scholarship to Hampton School and answer any questions about entry to Hampton School. The workshop will conclude with a performance in The Chapel Royal, followed by tea with the choristers and their families.
Numbers are strictly limited and participants must be registered by 31st August. Please contact choral.foundation@hrp.org.uk or telephone 020 3166 6516, mobile 07867 313460 for a registration form.

Practice-A-Thon

On 14 July 2012, current choristers will be joined by former choristers for a Practice-A-Thon, a day of accomplished and varied musical performances. Playing and singing, solo and in ensembles, the boys will set the Chapel ringing with musical tributes ranging from traditional choral music to a woodwind quartet and even a barbershop group! The Choral Foundation, a charity hoping to raise £1.5M GBP to fund music lessons for the choristers and the refurbishment of the historic organ at the Chapel Royal. All are welcome to attend; please stay as long as you wish.

Florimania

Choristers of The Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace welcomed in the spring at Florimania, the palace’s annual flower festival. The Choristers are also excited about the blossoming of The Choral Foundation, a charity hoping to raise £1.5M GBP to fund music lessons for the choristers and the refurbishment of the historic organ at the Chapel Royal.