Sunday 7 May 2017
THE SCRATCH® MOZART REQUIEM
Royal Albert Hall, 7.00 pm
More about this concert
About the music
Mozart’s Requiem dates from the very end of his life (1791) and was commissioned by a nobleman who was in the habit of requesting works from notable composers and passing them off as his own. This count sent an anonymous servant to Mozart, and the mysterious circumstances served to convince Mozart (probably already showing the feverish symptoms of the malady which was to kill him) that the messenger was Death himself and that he was writing his own Requiem. The music certainly has a passion and fervour to support this.
Before the interval the orchestra will play the delightful overture to Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro, followed by the Fourth Horn Concerto the final rondo of which was reinvented by Flanders & Swann (please resist the temptation to join in with the words!). Both date from earlier in the composer’s career and show him in a more carefree frame of mind. We will also hear the concert aria Exsultate, jubilate, with its last movement – the well-known ‘Alleluia’ – ending the first half of the concert on a high note.
About the artists
Detailed biographies for the artists involved in this concert can be accessed by clicking the links within the text. Conducting the whole concert will be The Really Big Chorus’s Principal Conductor Brian Kay, and the vocal soloists in Mozart’’s Requiem will be Jenny Stafford (soprano), Katie Coventry (mezzo), William Blake (tenor) and Ashley Riches (bass-baritone).
The soloist in the Horn Concerto is Ben Goldscheider, winner of the Brass Category Final in the 2016 BBC Young Musician Competition. One of the most exciting young players around, Ben started playing the horn aged nine,and now has a string of prizes and awards to his name. The orchestra will be the English Festival Orchestra.
About the charity
The charity which will benefit from all programme sales, advertising and sponsorship at this concert will be the British Heart Foundation. Please support their valuable work by buying a programme, and by contributing to the bucket collections at the end of the concert. You can read more about their work here (opens in a new window).