Re­quiems inspire choir

The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS - RICHARD MAYS

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

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Ali­son Ste­wart at the helm of the Palmer­ston North Cho­ral So­ci­ety pre­par­ing for Satur­day’s dou­ble dose of re­quiem.

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