Queen for a day at St Albans Abbey concert

ONE of Handel s most loved choral stage works is being performed by St Albans Bach Choir in the Abbey next Saturday, March 20. The choir will be performing Handel s Solomon which features the orchestral favourite The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba. Music d

ONE of Handel's most loved choral stage works is being performed by St Albans Bach Choir in the Abbey next Saturday, March 20.

The choir will be performing Handel's Solomon which features the orchestral favourite The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba.

Music director, Andrew Lucas, explained that it was well loved because of its beautiful arias, dramatic choruses and the "fantastic" narrative running through it. He added: "It has not been performed in the Abbey for many years and richly deserves being rediscovered."

The soloists are Tim Travers-Brown (counter-tenor) in the title role joined by Elizabeth Cragg and Lesley-Jane Rogers (sopranos), Pascal Charbonneau (tenor) and Robert Gildon (bass).

The orchestra Sinfonia Verdi, on this occasion using baroque instruments, once again accompanies the choir.

The performance starts at 7.30pm and tickets at �27, �22 and �16, reserved, and �7 unreserved can be obtained from the Abbey information desk on 01727 890256.