CANCELLED OWING TO CONCERNS AND UNCERTAINTY ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS
Miserere (Allegri), Crucifixus à 8 (Lotti), Hosanna to the Son of David (Weelkes) and Requiem in C minor (Cherubini)
Andrew Naylor – conductor
Richard Allum – organ
On Palm Sunday, Chichester Voices will perform the hauntingly beautiful Allegri Miserere, the stunning Crucifixus in 8 parts by Lotti, and Cherubini’s Requiem in C minor.
In a nod to the 250th Anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, the Cherubini Requiem is featured as it was admired by the great composer & was sung at Beethoven’s funeral! Schumann praised the work as ” being without equal in the world”!!
Allegri’s famous Miserere is a setting of Psalm 51 and was composed in 1638 for the choir of the Sistine Chapel. It was considered so good that the Pope banned its transcription to preserve its mystery! But the 14-year-old Mozart heard the piece during a service at the Vatican in 1770 and, back home, transcribed it from memory. He passed the manuscript to a British music historian & the secret was out!