Sing at the National Portrait Gallery: Elizabethan exhibition gets public performance

By Culture24 Reporter | 07 November 2013

The Chorus Master of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra will lead public choral performances inside the hallowed galleries of the National Portrait Gallery, where visitors will be invited to sing at the top of their lungs after being inspired by the major new exhibition, Elizabeth I & Her People.

A photo of a choir of people singing inside an art gallery
Visitors to the National Portrait Gallery could enjoy a new kind of harmony© Jorge Herrera Photography
As the Artistic Director of The Portrait Choir, Gregory Batsleer is the leader of the first choir-in-residence programme at a British museum or gallery. The founder of the Manchester Consort will direct visitors of all vocal abilities during two singing days exploring sacred and secular music from Elizabethan times, with the final, climatic performance will take place in front of gallery dwellers.

The choir expects to be in residence at the Gallery “at least” five times each year, performing “a wide repertoire” of choral works relating to portrait themes, exhibitions and the collection.

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