Preview: Portsmouth Choral Union – Duruflé Requiem concert + Anthems

Saturday 25th May at St. Mary’s Church Portsea. 5.30pm – 6.45pm

Duruflé’s increasingly popular Requiem exists in three versions: one with organ accompaniment alone, one with organ and string orchestra and one for organ and full orchestra. 

For Portsmouth Choral Union’s performance on Saturday 25th May they will be performing the organ only version.  This will be their third concert 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.

Completed in 1947 this work has many similarities to Fauré’s Requiem: it uses the same solo voices, chooses to omit most of the Dies Irae text (exploited to great effect by operatic composers such as Mozart, Berlioz and Verdi), and generally employs a restrained and tranquil approach to word setting.

However, there are occasional moments of dramatic ferocity, a wider harmonic palette than that employed by Fauré and a stunningly climactic setting of the Sanctus.  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.

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