THE REGION’S leading large classical choir, Worcester Festival Choral Society, is bringing Mozart’s mighty Requiem to the city’s historic cathedral next month alongside four world-class soloists.
Appearing with the 150-strong choir will be soprano Alexandra Kidgell who is a member of The Sixteen; mezzo soprano Jennifer Westwood who sings with The Royal Opera; opera and oratorio tenor soloist Tom Robson; and bass David Shipley, who will be recognised by BBC Proms 2019 viewers from his recent appearance as bass soloist in Mozart’s Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall.
Mozart’s intensely beautiful Requiem is one of choral music’s most intriguing legends. Written in 1791 it was his final work, commissioned by a mysterious patron but still being completed on the composer’s death at only 35.
From the fiery Dies Irae to the mournful Lacrymosa, much of the music is familiar to many from the soundtrack of multi Oscar-winning 1984 film, Amadeus.
The concert will also include a more recent classic with local connections.
Lux Perpetua is a stunning, mini war requiem written in 1998 by Worcester-born contemporary composer Jonathan Willcocks – son of conductor and composer Sir David Willcocks – on the theme of peace and unity.
The Meridian Sinfonia symphony orchestra will accompany the concert.
Worcester Cathedral’s new director of music Samuel Hudson will make in his first appearance as the Choral Society’s conductor.
Ben Cooper, chairman of Worcester Festival Choral Society, said: “We’re excited to bring Mozart’s wonderful Requiem to Worcester Cathedral, especially under the baton of our superb new music director Samuel Hudson.
“Lux Perpetua is another impressive work, which we’re thrilled to be performing in the composer’s home town. We’re expecting a packed cathedral!”
Ten lucky concert-goers could also win dinner before the show.
“Anyone booking tickets through our WFCS website can opt in to a prize draw, with the chance of winning one of five, pre-concert dinners for two at Côte Restaurant in Worcester,” Mr Cooper added.
The concert will take place from 7.30pm on Saturday, November 16.
Tickets are available at www.wfcs.online and from the Worcester Live Box Office on 01905 611427.