Perhaps the most breath-taking of Mozart's choral works is paired with a powerful 20th Century requiem by Jonathan Willcocks, in the opening concert of Worcester Festival Choral Society's 2019-20 season – all in the majestic surroundings of Worcester Cathedral.
Commissioned by a mysterious anonymous patron and only partially completed by the time of his death, aged just 35, in 1791, Mozart's much-loved, heart-breakingly beautiful Requiem is also one of choral music's most intriguing legends. From the mournful Lacrymosa to the fire and brimstone of the Dies Irae, this promises to be a stunning musical experience.
The concert also includes the opportunity to discover a more modern classic in the shape of Lux Perpetua, written by Jonathan Willcocks in 1998. By turns exciting and moving, this mini war requiem delivers a message of peace and unity.
Performing with the 150 members of Worcester Festival Choral Society - many of whom sing in the renowned Three Choirs Festival Chorus - will be the Meridian Sinfonia symphony orchestra and acclaimed soloists: Alexandra Kidgell, soprano, Jennifer Westwood, contralto, Tom Robson, tenor and David Shipley, bass. WFCS and Worcester Cathedral Director of Music Samuel Hudson conducts.
Tickets £10-£25 from www.wfcs.online or the Worcester Live Box Office T: 01905 611427.