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Conductor – Peter Gambie
Organ – Mark Dancer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Requiem
Joseph Haydn – Te Deum in C major
Byrd – Mass for Five Voices
Come and join the Renaissance Choir for a performance of Mozart’s Requiem, undoubtedly one of his best-loved and most often performed choral works. It sits in contrast to Haydn’s vivacious Te Deum, and is complemented by one of William Byrd’s greatest choral pieces, the Mass for Five Voices by Byrd.
A shadowy figure, dressed all in grey, is said to have knocked on Mozart’s front door in the dead of night. Through the gloom, the figure told the composer that he must compose a Requiem. Mozart believed the figure to represent the grim reaper and, indeed, he was soon to die a mysterious death. His Requiem is one of the finest pieces of classical music ever written. Most of it was penned on his deathbed, so it’s not surprising that it’s full of anguish and of pain, but it’s also full of hope.
We intend to capture all emotions of this work, written by a young man nearing his death and knowing it. It is a dark work in parts, bursting with fury, undoubtedly Mozart’s most powerful music.
Full price tickets: £15, including programme. Children/students: £2.
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