Event: Messa per Rossini (Messa per Rossini - Three Choirs Concert)
Sunday 14th April 2013 at 7:30pm, St Albans Abbey
On Saturday 13th April 2013 we will be singing in the wonderful St Albans Abbey with two other Harrow Choirs - Harrow Philharmonic Choir and Stanmore Choral Society – in a tri-annual event which has become known as the Three Choirs Concert.
We will be performing Messa per Rossini, and this will be only the second UK performance of this lovely Requiem Mass. Conceived by Verdi to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of Gioachino Rossini, it is a collaboration between 13 Italian composers.
Though completed, it fell victim to artistic squabbling and commercial priorities – a fate only too familiar to many artists today – and its grand premiere performance, scheduled for 1869, was summarily cancelled.
The score was lost and its story forgotten until almost a century later it was discovered in the archives of an Italian music publisher. Its long awaited premiere finally took place in 1988 at the European Music Festival in Stuttgart.
Dramatic and romantic, written with all the fluid melody and spirit of 19th-century Italian opera, it is a work which absolutely deserves hearing.
For lovers of Verdi it should also be treasured for its "Libera Me" movement by Verdi himself, which became the seed for his own famous requiem mass. (Many thanks to Sarah Foster (alto) for researching and writing the above background).
The conductor will be John Wyatt of Harrow Philharmonic Choir who conducted the UK premiere.
Our soloists will be Julie Gray Soprano, Deborah Miles-Johnson Mezzo Soprano, John Upperton Tenor, John Bernays Baritone, and Jonathan Veira Bass. We will be accompanied by Trinity Orchestra (leader: Sally Telling).
Tickets cannot be purchased for past events.
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