We intended to perform Fauré’s Requiem for our spring concert this year, but in the light of government advice, we have decided to postpone the concert to 10 October 2020. And choir rehearsals have been cancelled for the foreseeable future.
If all is well, the concert will take place on 10 October at Holy Trinity Church, Southport, as usual. And the notes that follow will still apply.
Composed between 1887 and 1890 for La Madeleine, Paris, Fauré”s Requiem has become a firm favourite with British choirs, and with audiences. And for good reason. Its beautiful melodies are shared by the different voice parts – not just given to the sopranos! And it is economical in its use of soloists, having just soprano and baritone. Unlike Verdi’s large-scale, theatrical setting of the requiem mass, it is a restrained, contemplative piece; which is not to say that it doesn’t also have its dramatic moments. Its most poignant performance was for Fauré’s own funeral in 1924 in its full orchestral version.
Fauré will also be represented in this concert by his extremely beautiful Cantique de Jean Racine. The second half of the programme will consist of sacred anthems some well-known, others less so.
Psalm 150 – a setting by César Franck
Teach me, O Lord – William Byrd
Hear my prayer – Felix Mendelssohn (which includes the section ‘O for the wings of a dove’)
How lovely are thy dwellings – Johannes Brahms
The Spirit of the Lord from The Apostles – Edward Elgar
Where thou reignest – Franz Schubert
Blest pair of sirens – Charles Parry
The concert will be conducted by the choir’s Director of Music, Marc Murray.
Holy Trinity Church, Houghton Street, Southport PR9 0PR.
10 October 2020 at 7.30 pm.
Tickets £12. Ring 01704540097 or 01704535208. Or at the door.