A toast to our Chorus Director with the music he loves best.

Alleluia! From the grandeur of Zadok the Priest to heartfelt modern masterpieces, there’s nothing that the CBSO’s family of choruses can’t sing. And for 40 years, Simon Halsey CBE has shown them the way to sing it. Tonight, the CBSO Chorus, CBSO Youth Chorus and CBSO Children’s Chorus come together to toast their Chorus Director with a concert of the music he loves best – and the audience gets to sing along too.

About Simon Halsey: 40 Years

Where Have I Heard it Before?

If you watched King Charles III's coronation you'll have heard Handel's Zadok the Priest and you might have seen it trending on Twitter afterwards - it really is an "absolute banger".

Handel Zadok the Priest

Full programme

  • Handel, Zadok the Priest  (6mins)
  • Weir, Sing  (2mins)
  • Britten, Old Abram Brown  (10mins)
  • Ešenvalds, Stars  (5mins)
  • Handel, Waft her, angels  (5mins)
  • Parry, I was glad  (6mins)
  • Dove, There Was a Child  (50mins)