Sunday 7 July 2013
SINGDAY 2013®: VERDI REQUIEM
Royal Albert Hall, 7.30 pm
More about this concert
Support the charity/organize a quiz. The charity which will benefit from all programme sales, advertising and sponsorship at this concert will be the National Autistic Society. You can support their work before and after the concert by organizing a quiz for your family and friends: click here to go to the dedicated page of their website (opens in a new window) where you will be able to read all the details and download the quiz questions. If you just want to download the questions (which you can modify if you like!) select one of the options below. On the day of the concert, please support their valuable work by buying a programme, and by contributing to the bucket collections at the end of the concert.
Download the quiz questions only in PDF format
Quiz organisers can download the questions in PDF format or in Word format so that changes can be made if you like. (Please note that this version includes scoring instructions and answers—please don’t cheat by downloading this if you know you shouldn’t!)
About the music Verdi had little interest in religion, but he responded to the drama in Catholic texts much in the same way that he responded to an opera libretto. The mood of the Requiem changes frequently—Verdi contrasts the whispered prayers for the dead with a truly terrifying Dies irae, depicting wrath, judgement, the last trumpet and the final prayer for eternal rest. And although he surely had visions of the ‘heavenly hosts’ trumpeting and dancing their way around the Almighty when he composed the Sanctus, his inspiration for the Agnus Dei seems more likely to have been sinners pleading on earth.
About the artists Click on the links for detailed biographies. Conducting the whole concert will be the Principal Conductor of The Really Big Chorus, Brian Kay, and we are thrilled to be working with experienced soloists all of whom have sung with The Really Big Chorus on previous occasions: Helena Dix (soprano); Victoria Simmonds (mezzo-soprano); Andrew Staples (tenor) and Ashley Riches (bass-baritone). We will be accompanied as usual at the Royal Albert Hall by the English Festival Orchestra, led by Adrian Levine.