St George’s Chapel will host two major events of this year’s Windsor Festival.
On Sunday 22 September Dr David Starkey will give a talk in the Nave of the Chapel about how England’s character was shaped by music. Dr Starkey will explain the relationship between music, monarchy and war alongside that of music, monarchy and religion. The talk will begin at 3pm. David Starkey’s new book, Music & Monarchy, coincides with his new BBC television series a small portion of which was filmed in St George’s Chapel (part one (of four) broadcast on Saturday 20 July).
On Wednesday 25 September the Choir of St George’s Chapel will combine, for the first time ever, with the Choir of The Chapel Royal Hampton Court Palace, The Children and Gentlemen of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal and the Choir of The Queen’s Chapel of The Savoy. In this anniversary year, this unique combination of choirs will present works associated with Coronations and other choral favourites as well as some little known gems.
The Coronation anniversary exhibition in the Dean’s Cloister will now remain open until the end of September. The exhibition can be seen after Dr Starkey’s talk and before the Coronation anniversary concert. At other times it is open during Chapel visitors hours (normally Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm); Windsor Castle Admission charges apply.
A display of items from the Chapel Archives about King Edward IV is also open during the Windsor Festival period and beyond (at least until the end of the year). The display is open during Chapel visitors hours (normally Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm); Windsor Castle Admission charges apply. For more information please click here.
Public booking for Windsor Festival events begins on 17 July. www.windsorfestival.com or 01753 743585.