Mary Bevan to Headline Royal Choral Society’s Christmas Concert at Royal Albert Hall

By David Salazar
(Courtesy of Aksonas Holt )

The Royal Choral Society will present a Christmas concert on Dec. 12, 2022, at the Royal Albert Hall.

The showcase, which marks the ensemble’s 150th anniversary, will be conducted by Richard Cooke and will also feature fanfare trumpeters of the British Imperial Military Band. This celebration also coincides with the 150th anniversary of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ birth. To commemorate this birthday, audiences will hear “Wassail;” also on the program will be Gustav Holst’s arrangement of “In the Bleak Midwinter,” a poem by Christina Rossetti, which is also celebrating the 150th anniversary of its first publication.

Soprano Mary Bevan will appear as a soloist performing music from Händel’s “Messiah,” Dvorak’s “Rusalka,” and other favorites.

The concert will also feature two Ukrainian carols arranged by Roxanna Panufkin and Mykola Leontovych’s “Carol of the Bells.”