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Concert to celebrate 60 years of friendship

Published Thursday, 30 May 2019

Coventry Cathedral will be the setting for a major concert celebrating 60 years of friendship between the cities of Coventry and Dresden.

Cathedral event to celebrate friendship
Cathedral event to celebrate friendship

Spires Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra, based in Coventry, have invited Dresden’s Neuer Chor to join them in a performance of choral and orchestral music from many of Europe’s most famous composers, including Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn and Elgar.

The concert takes place at the cathedral at 4.30pm on Saturday 1 June and will be led by Spires' conductor Jack Lovell and Axel Langmann, who conducts the 65-strong Dresden choir.

Dresden was one of Coventry's first twin cities, back in the 1950s, and the concert will coincide with an exhibition put together by the Coventry-Dresden Arts Exchange, which opens on Friday 31 May in the cathedral’s Lady Chapel. 

The exhibition, titled Condition Humaine, was first shown at the Kreuzkirche in Dresden in February, to launch the 60th anniversary of twinning between the two cities.

Tickets for the concert are £12 a head (family ticket £24, students £6) and are available from, at the reception desk in the Herbert museum or on the door.

Dr Helen Atwood, Chair of Spires Music, said: “In the modern world, international town twinning is as important as it ever was. We’re delighted to be hosting our friends from Dresden in what promises to be a wonderful celebration of music in our extraordinary cathedral.”

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