Requiems inspire choir
A requiem is music composed to farewell and accompany the departed to their eternal rest in a melodic and dignified fashion.
Two great requiems get to star in one Palmerston North Choral Society concert conducted by Alison Stewart on Saturday.
Mozart’s 1791 piece was the last work the composer wrote before he died, aged 36.
French composer Gabriel Faure´, who died aged 79, wrote his requiem 100 years later, completing it in 1891.
Choir member John Love said as well as performing two of the most famous requiems ever written, the society has called in some ’’heavy hitters’’ as soloists.
Joining local tenor Nigel Tongs, will be bass/baritone Joe Christensen, mezzo Elisabeth Harris who is in New Zealand Opera’s production of Sweeney Todd, and top ranked soprano Imogen Thirlwall.
Love said having singers of that calibre join the local 60-voice choir, ‘‘is rather thrilling’’.
He singles out Harris in particular. The singer won first place in the 2016 Dame Malvina Major Aria competition, and has been accepted into the Masters programme at the Manhattan School of Music in New York commencing in September.
‘‘Good soloists like this come in and really lift the choir from 90 to 110 per cent. It’s exciting. You can feel their energy.’’
Accompanying organist is Douglas Mews. Both pieces will be sung in Latin, with the 7.30pm concert in St Peter’s, Terrace End with tickets at the door.
‘‘Good soloists... come in and really lift the choir from 90 to 110 per cent.’’ John Love, chorister
Alison Stewart at the helm of the Palmerston North Choral Society preparing for Saturday’s double dose of requiem.