Elgar and Brahms in concert

Rugby Philharmonic Choir at a previous concert
Rugby Philharmonic Choir at a previous concert

Rugby Philharmonic Choir presents An Evening with Elgar and Brahms at the Temple Speech Room on Saturday.

The main works for the choir will be Brahms’ Song of Destiny, a moving choral setting of a poem written by Friedrich Holderlin, which Brahms completed in 1869 and which i is sometimes referred to as The Little Requiem.

The other choral work is Elgar’s Songs from the Bavarian Highlands, a set of six choral songs which Elgar wrote as a remembrance of a holiday he and his wife had enjoyed, mostly at Garmisch, Bavaria in 1894. Choir spokeswoman Doreen Long said: “The work was dedicated to Mr and Mrs Slingsby Bethell, the proprietors of the guest house where the Elgars stayed in Garmisch. By a happy coincidence, they share a name with our music director, Mervyn Bethell!”

The orchestra will also perform the popular Chanson de Matin and Salut d’Amour.

The flourishing choir has about 90 members and continues to grow. It has a strong affiliation to Rugby School , and recently celebrated its 140th birthday, making it one of the oldest choirs in the town.

A spokesman said: “We work enthusiastically to develop an eclectic and varied repertoire that suits the tastes of a wide range of audiences, to include modern, classical, contemporary and operatic choral works.”

The choir is made up of members of all ages and of mixed musical ability. Rehearsals take place at the United Reformed Church, Hillmorton Road, Rugby, on Tuesday evenings from 7.45pm to 9.30pm, between September and July.

Tickets for the concert cost £15 or £12.50 for concessions. Call (01788) 812802to book.