Songs of England and the rest of Britain for St George’s Day

Albion are dedicated to the exploration and performance of songs from the British Isles
Albion are dedicated to the exploration and performance of songs from the British Isles

There’s a chance to celebrate St George’s Day in musical style in Bedford.

St Andrew’s church in Kimbolton Road hosts a concert by Albion, a choral group dedicated to the exploration and performance of the songs of the British Isles.

The islands’ musical heritage stretches back a thousand years, offering a rich store of treasures: dances, folk songs, madrigals, plainsong chants, airs, anthems, and more. In their variety and beauty, they lie at the heart of Albion’s inspiration.

Many of the songs are hundreds of years old, but are given contemporary stylings by Fraser Wilson’s arrangements. Working with up to twelve singers at a time, Albion perform mostly unaccompanied, allowing the purity of the human voice to sound across the centuries.

The group is known for a fresh sound and vibrant energy, and for warm, wholehearted music-making.

The Skye Boat Song, Jerusalem and The Blue Bird are just a selection of the popular songs regularly performed at their concerts.

The concert takes place on Saturday April 23 at 7.30pm.Tickets cost £10 for adults, £8 for concessions and £4 for students.

Under 16s are when accompanied by a paying adult. Visit St Andrew’s church Centre Office or call 01234 216881 to book.

Tickets can also be bought on the door.