Singers wanted to join Wokingham Jubilee Chorus concertBy Lewis Rudd
February 20, 2012
Singers are invited to take part in ‘classy’ concert in Wokingham to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The concert is among a lengthy list of events planned for the town centre to mark Her Majesty’s 60th year on the throne, which will be celebrated nationally in June.
The Wokingham Jubilee Chorus, on Elms Field on Saturday, June 2, will also feature The Docklands Sinfonia and The Tamesis Choir from Reading.
A provisional programme includes George Handel’s Zadok the Priest, Edward Elgar’s Land of Hope and Glory and Sir Hubert Parry’s Jerusalem.
A jubilee street party will be held in Wokingham town centre on Sunday, June 3.
At a meeting of the working party which is putting the concert together, Richard Smith said three rehearsals for choirs and singers will be held at venues across Wokingham during April and May.
A £10 fee for singers will include practice CDs and admission to the chorus.
Mr Smith said: “We want the concert to be as formal as a concert can be in the middle of a field. We have booked an orchestra rather than a brass band because we need to add a bit of class to it.
“We now need people wanting to turn up and sing at the concert. This is your chance, whether you are a choir singer or a lapsed choir singer, to come and join us.
“We will be rehearsing properly and we have great musicians joining us.”
Mr Smith wants to end the concert with a firework display, and said it would be good to try to tempt a local celebrity to act as compere.
“We need something to give it a bit of a draw,” he said.
The working party is made up of representatives of Wokingham Town Council and community groups including The Wokingham Society and the Wokingham branch of the University of the Third Age (U3A).
The town centre will be filled with trestle tables and Union Flag bunting for a street party on Sunday, June 3.
A programme of events includes street entertainment, art and craft activities and a procession.
Other ideas discussed at the meeting, at Wokingham Town Hall in Market Place, include a display of vehicles manufactured during the last 60 years, and the possibility of holding auditions for buskers wishing to perform around the town during the jubilee weekend.
The meeting also heard Wokingham Art Society has proposed creating a royal frieze, which would take place in the town hall and involve painting images of people on to a canvas containing portraits of the Royal Family.
Jan Nowecki, town council clerk, is a member of the working party.
“People are being really, really positive, but nothing is certain until it is certain and we must keep working hard,” she said.
“There is still a long way to go if we are trying to fund match this.”
For more information about the concert and a list of rehearsal dates visit www.wokinghamjubileechorus.co.uk