The Really Big Chorus performing at the Royal Albert Hall

Coronation Concert in Faro

To celebrate King Charles III’s coronation on May 6, the Orquestra do Algarve performs a Royal Celebration Concert with elements of The Really Big Chorus.

On King Charles III’s coronation day, elements of The Really Big Chorus will join the Orquestra do Algarve for a Royal Celebration Concert. The programme includes a performance of Zadok the Priest – a piece sung at every British royal coronation since it was composed for King George II’s coronation in 1727 – and Joseph Haydn’s Missa in angustiis (Mass for troubled times), commonly known as the Lord Nelson Mass.

In the summer of 1798, Austria was severely attacked by Napoleon Bonaparte. Austrian composer Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) wrote his latest work Missa in angustiis – Mass in Troubled Times at that time. It so happened that, precisely on the day of its first performance, Haydn and the public learned that Napoleon had been defeated by the British forces led by Admiral Lord Nelson, which is why the work became known as the Lord Nelson Mass.

The performance on May 6 is free of admission and will be held at the Igreja de São Pedro (Saint Peter’s Church) in Faro at 19:00.


GEORGE FRIEDRICH HANDEL (1685 – 1759) – Zadok the Priest

JOSEPH HAYDN (1732 – 1809) – Missa in angustiis – Lord Nelson Mass

Performers: Brian Kay is the musical conductor, with Andrew Parnell as organist and repetiteur. Soloists are Emily Vine (soprano), Bethany Horak-Hallett (mezzo-soprano), William Searle (tenor) and Frederick Long (bass-baritone), and the orchestra is the Orquestra do Algarve (formerly Orquestra Clássica do Sul).

For further information call +351 91 741 1780


The Really Big Chorus (TRBC), the UK’s largest choral society, which next year will celebrate its 50th anniversary. It is a truly British organisation, with members from choral societies across the British Isles and many thousands of individual singers worldwide.

TRBC believes that everyone – regardless of age or experience – should sing and offers an open year-round programme of events. Its main event is Messiah from Scratch at the Royal Albert Hall in the weeks leading up to Christmas.


Royal Concert May 6 2023