Mozart’s Requiem soloists announced for Royal Albert Hall event

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We are delighted to reveal the Mozart Requiem soloists for our performance at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 12 May.

Beginning at the top of the vocal range we have Scottish soprano Rachel Speirs, who will be singing with English Touring Opera this Spring in venues from Exeter to Newcastle upon Tyne; mezzo-soprano Bethany Horak-Hallett, who sang Messiah for us in 2022 and also joined the team in Faro for Haydn’s ‘Nelson’ Mass; Ruairi Bowen, fresh from a run of performances over Easter as the Evangelist in Bach’s St John Passion; and bass-baritone Ossian Huskinson.

A splendid soloist in TRBC’s Verdi Requiem in 2023, Ossian was named by the Critic’s Circle as Young Talent of the Year (2022–23) and has recently joined the impressive roster of Harewood Young Artists at English National Opera.

In addition to these Requiem soloists, the horn player in Mozart’s Third Horn Concerto will be Ben Goldscheider, who enjoys an international career as a soloist and chamber music player. He last played for us at the Royal Albert Hall in 2017.

Mozart’s Requiem is one of the best loved pieces in the choral repertoire. The exquisite music, by turns dramatic, pleading, consoling and reflective, never fails in its appeal to singers and audiences alike. You can take part in this event as a singer (rehearsals are at 12 noon and 3.30 pm) or join the audience for this concert which includes more Mozart in the shape of the popular serenade Eine kleine Nachtmusik and the 3rd Horn Concerto.

For more details and booking information visit www.trbc.co.uk/events/mozart-requiem-royal-albert-hall/

A Happy 50th Anniversary Year to all our singers and supporters!

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2024 marks the 50th anniversary of the very first performance of Messiah from Scratch® at the Royal Albert Hall. The idea was conceived in off-duty moments by young scientists on the teaching faculty of Imperial College, and Messiah from Scratch® first saw the light of day on Thursday 7 December 1974 after some nine months of planning. It has been an annual fixture at the RAH ever since. In the months that follow, we will bring you stories about that first performance and the people who made it happen, and we hope everyone will want to join in the 50th anniversary performance itself on Sunday 10 November (booking will open at the very beginning of March). 

As for previous important anniversaries of Messiah from Scratch®, we will be auctioning the chance to conduct an additional performance of the Hallelujah Chorus after the concert interval. If you are not in the habit of conducting a choir of 3,000 singers and a large orchestra, it’s probably not too early to equip yourself with a conductor’s baton and to start to practise in front of the mirror. If you already conduct a choir, be sure to get them all to sponsor you, as this auction has been known to raise six-figure sums for the British Heart Foundation which will once again be the beneficiary.  

To read more about the first-ever performance of Messiah from Scratch®, click here:  https://www.trbc.co.uk/about-us/how-it-all-began/.