Portsmouth Choral Union – Duruflé Requiem concert + Anthems

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Portsmouth Choral Union and the newly restored organ at St Mary’s Church.
Conductor: David Gostick
Organist: Ian Richardson
Soprano: Faye Eldret

Parry – I was glad
Handel – Zadok the Priest
Mendelssohn – Hear My Prayer
Elgar – Give Unto the Lord

With the PCU.

Featuring the recently restored organ of St. Mary’s Church Portsea, with the demanding organ part being played by the choir’s regular outstanding accompanist Ian Richardson. This concert will also feature Handel’s Zadok the Priest, Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer – with soprano soloist Faye Eldret, and anthems by Parry and Elgar.

If you enjoy great choral singing and the St Mary’s organ being put through its paces – then this concert, conducted by David Gostick, really is the one for you.

The Requiem, op. 9, by Maurice Duruflé was commissioned in 1947 by the French music publisher Durand and is written in memory of the composer’s father. At the time of commission, Duruflé was working on an organ suite using themes from Gregorian chants. He incorporated his sketches for that work into the Requiem, which uses numerous themes from the Gregorian “Mass for the Dead.” Nearly all the thematic material in the work comes from chant.

Maurice Duruflé’s haunting Requiem is one of the most beautiful of 20th century choral masterpieces. Amid the terrors of wartime France, Maurice Duruflé imagined a music that seemed to exist outside of time – a Requiem of profound beauty and limitless consolation, in which ancient chants blossomed, like bare branches in springtime, into melodies that sink quietly into your soul.

Tickets (Adults £17.50, Children and Students £2.50) on the door and in advance.

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The PCU is one of the leading amateur choruses in the South of England. The choir comprises 120 singers of all voice types. We always welcome new talent.
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