Taylor Festival Choir presenting its version of 'Proms'

The Taylor Festival Choir.

The BBC Proms is an eight-week series of classical music summer concerts in London, many of which are presented at Royal Albert Hall.

The last of the concerts is called "Last Night at the Proms," a popular outdoor show that features lighter musical fare and patriotic music.

In that vein, the Taylor Festival Choir will present its own version of "Last Night at the Proms" at 4 p.m. May 4, at Grace Episcopal Church, 98 Wentworth St.

The idea was broached by Grace Church Rector the Rev. Canon Michael Wright, an avid music fan who has experienced versions of the Proms in his native Canada, according to Rob Taylor, founder and director of the choir.

The first half of the concert will feature standard pieces from the English choral tradition, such as "I Was Glad" by Hubert Parry and the coronation anthem "Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened" by George Frideric Handel, according to Taylor.

The second half will include folk songs such as such as "Loch Lomond" and "Rocky Road to Dublin," music by Gilbert and Sullivan and patriotic tunes.

A highlight of the concert will be a performance of Thomas Tallis' "Spem in Allium," scored for 40 voice parts.

Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary Unichorus will join the Taylor Festival Choir for performances of "God Bless America," "Land of Hope and Glory" and "America the Beautiful."

Cellist Natalia Khoma will be featured in a performance of John Tavener's funeral anthem "Svyati." Grace Church organist Scott Bennett will lend active hands and feet to the proceedings.

General admission tickets are $20; students pay $10. Preferred seating is $30 ($18 for students).

Tickets can be purchased online at www.taylormusicgroup.net or at the door.