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Surrey singers aged seven to 70 to perform at Royal Albert Hall

More than 1,000 Surrey singers aged from seven to 70 have come together to mark Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary before royalty at one of the world’s most iconic concert venues.

Schoolchildren, youth groups and choirs have been busy rehearsing for a performance of The Freedom Game at at the Royal Albert Hall next Tuesday (12 May) in front of Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

The concert, organised by Surrey County Council*, will see them perform Magna Carta-inspired songs celebrating democracy, liberty and freedom.

Songs from the opera are also expected to be performed at an event being attended by the Queen at Runnymede on 15 June to celebrate the historic charter’s sealing.

Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services Helyn Clack said: “This is a momentous occasion to celebrate a historic moment locally, nationally and internationally,  offering young and old alike a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform on one of the world’s grandest stages.”

In the video and audio clips below, singers rehearse The Eight Freedoms.

 

 

The Eight Freedoms

The plot of the opera focuses on the children of a Surrey family, who challenge a dictator to a game in a bid to win back their freedom. It features 17 songs – including A Few Shining Lights, Dead Liberty and The Freedom Game – in a performance lasting more than 90 minutes.

A few tickets remain. Contact the Royal Albert Hall box office on 0845 401 5034 or online at www.royalalberthall.com.

Schools, youth groups and choirs involved:

All Aloud Community Choir, Leatherhead

Bletchingley Community Choir

Crawley Ridge School, Camberley

Earthly Voices Community Choir, Esher

High Notes Choir, Camberley

Just So Singers, Frimley

Lakeside Primary School, Camberley

Marist Catholic Primary School, West Byfleet

Park Mead School, Cranleigh

Rowledge C of E Primary School, Farnham

Shawfield Primary School, Ash

Sing Spelthorne, Ashford

Springfield Primary School, Shepperton

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Guildford

The Grove Primary School, Camberley

Wonersh and Shamley Green School, Shamley Green, near Guildford

Epsom Youth Theatre

StopGap Guildford Youth Group

St Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary School, Englefield Green

St Jude’s C of E Junior School, Englefield Green

The Freewheelers Theatre Company, Leatherhead

The Hermitage School, Woking

The Orpheus Centre, Godstone

Tillingbourne Junior School, Chilworth, near Guildford

Winston Churchill School, Woking

Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre, Guildford

Zambesi Dance Company, Camberley

Kings International College, Camberley

Surrey County Council staff choir

Cranford Park Primary School, Yateley

* Through its Surrey Arts music service.

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