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Long live the queen

The Paphos Voices will pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth as she has become the longest reigning English monarch on Saturday with an autumn concert entitled Gloriana.

The first half of the concert focuses on Elizabeth I, who reigned from 1558 – at the age of 25 – to her death in 1603. Her great love of music, her playing of the lute and the virginal (harpsichord), are what the first selections of the concert are dedicated to.

The choir will open the concert with Sing We and Chant It by Thomas Morley, Fine Knacks for Ladies and Say, Love if Ever by John Dowland, Fairest Isle by Henry Purcell, When Daisy’s Pied by George Macfarren, and arrangements by RalphVaughan Williams of three Elizabethan Part Songs – Sweet Day, The Willow Song and O Mistress Mine.

These songs will give all those present a glimpse into Elizabethan England.

After the interval comes the salute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. During her 63 years on the throne, the music scene has seen many changes, ranging from jazz and the blues, country music, Rock and Roll and disco.

In the second half the audience can hear the performance of the anthem I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me by Hubert Parry, which was sung at Elizabeth’s Coronation.

There will also be songs by the Beatles and a performance of In the Heart of the World by Bob Chilcott, which was written as a tribute after the 9/11 disaster.

The choir won’t just be singing for pleasure, but also for charity. The profits from the concert will be divided between The Cyprus Samaritans and the Nepal Earthquake Disaster Fund.

Performance by the Paphos Voices choir. November 14. Stage One Theatre, Emba, Paphos. 7.30pm. €8. Tel: 99-771548

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