Our spring concert has been postponed due to the Corona Virus and will now take place this autumn. The programme, venue and performers will remain the same. Details of exact date will follow as soon as practicable.
Mozart's Requiem, the centre of our forthcoming performance, was unfinished at Mozart's death in 1791, and much mystery surrounds the story of its commissioning and composition.The mystery has been enhanced by the popularity of the play and film Amadeus by Peter Schaffer which gives a misleading account and which was itself derived from a 19th century play by Pushkin called Mozart and Salieri. The Requiem was commissioned by an agent acting anonymously for Count Franz von Walsegg. The Count was a minor composer and liked to pass off other peoples music at his own and required the Requiem in memory of his wife who had died the preceding year. At the same time Constanze, M...
This piece was originally written for a small choir of twelve voices consisting of men, women and castrati. Thankfully it was subsequently revised for bigger choirs (with more readily obtainable members) and alternative accompaniments.
We will be performing the Ricordi edition.
Concert details: Saturday 30th November 2019 at Holy Trinity Church, Guildford. Ticket price £15.
David Condry led three choral workshops in the delightful setting of St Nicholas Church, Peper Harow.
This is a delightful small church in a hamlet on a large, rural private estate. Perfect on a summer's evening.
The format each evening was to rehearse three or four short pieces and then perform them to ourselves.
The first in early June was "Romantic Motets" featuring works by Brahms and Mendelssohn; the second "English part songs" by Sullivan, Stanford and Elgar; and the third "Brave New World" - 20th Century sacred music.
Blackheath and Bramley choral society teamed up with Kingston Orpheus choir, The Chameleon Arts Orchestra, and professional soloists to perform Verdi's Requiem at a sell-out concert in the beautiful setting of Guildford Cathedral.
Requiem - Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901)
When Rossini died in 1868, Verdi proposed that a Requiem should be written in honour of the great man. Thirteen leading Italian composers, including himself, would each be invited to contribute a movement. Somewhat predictably, initial enthusiasm for the idea soon gave way to all sorts of professional rivalries, and when it also became clear that the piece would be little more than an unconvincing pot-pourri, the scheme had to be abandoned.
In 1873 the Italian poet, novelist and national hero Alessandro Manzoni died. Verdi had been a lifelong admirer and was deeply affected by his death. He decided to write a Requiem in Manzoni’s memory, and began by re-working the Libera me which he had composed five years earlier for...
Blackheath and Bramley Choral Society had pleasure in presenting their Christmas concert.
The Christmas Oratorio was written in 1734 by Bach to form part of his cycle of Cantatas for the Lutheran Church Year. The Oratorio is in fact six Cantatas to tell the Christmas story sung on separate days (The three days of Christmas 25/26/27th December, New Year's Day, Sunday after the New Year and Epiphany 6 January).
We sang three of the Cantatas describing the birth of Christ, the shepherds and the Magi.
In addition we sang two further Cantatas from the Christmas period - No 61 for the opening of the church year on the first Sunday in Advent, and No 140 (Sleepers awake!) for the last Sunday in the year immediately preceding.
In the glorious setting of St Nicholas Church Peper Harow we sang early English music on the first Monday evening, Russian music in the second workshop and Plainsong using traditional notation in the third. Our musical director, David Condry, made all the hard work fun and everyone who attended had a great time. Let's hope we can repeat the pleasure next year!