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Mozart's Requiem | Birmingham Festival Choral Society

Saturday November 18, 2017 at 19:30
St John's and St Peter's Church with Ladywood ARC, Birmingham
£14, students and under 16s £7
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  1. Requiem Mass in D minor, with piano 4 hands accompaniment K 626 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arranged by Carl Czerny
  2. Mass in G minor - Ralph Vaughan Williams

Vaughan Williams wrote the contemplative Mass in G minor after his experiences as an ambulance driver in France in the first World War. It was the first Mass to be written in England since the reformation, and was first heard as a celebration of Mass in Westminster Cathedral in 1923.

Unlike Vaughan Williams, who lived until his mid 80s, Mozart died at the age of 35 - poignantly, while working on his Requiem Mass. Mysteries abound concerning his early demise, as well as the circumstances of the work's composition. No matter; this serene music (heard in this concert in a completed form by Sussmayer and Duncan Druce) remains a much-admired epitaph to a supremely gifted composer, spiritually uplifting to countless choirs, audiences and congregations since its first performance in 1793.

St John's and St Peter's Church with Ladywood ARC
Darnley Road, Ladywood
West Midlands
B16 8TF
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