Giuseppe Verdi, whose amazing Requiem is every bit as dramatic as his operas

Sunday 7 July 2013

Singday® 2013: Verdi Requiem

Royal Albert Hall

Our Verdi Requiem on Sunday 7 July was a fantastic occasion, with 2,000 singers giving voice to this wonderfully dramatic work.  There was some simply magnificent singing from the chorus, and we were blessed with a superb team of soloists, who blended beautifully as a quartet as well as giving stellar individual performances:   Helena Dix (soprano); Victoria Simmonds (mezzo-soprano); Andrew Staples (tenor) and Ashley Riches (bass-baritone).  We were accompanied as usual at the Royal Albert Hall by the English Festival Orchestra, led by Adrian Levine, and the whole ensemble was under the direction of TRBC’s Principal Conductor, Brian Kay.

Brian Kay’s verdict:
‘This was a thrilling mixture of outstanding drama and real vocal muscle where required, and some very beautiful soft singing at appropriate moments. Definitely one for the memory bank!’

And this was echoed by some of the comments on Facebook and elsewhere:

‘The best Singday ever!’ (Miriam)
‘I still can’t believe the amazing sound we produced.’ (Alan)
‘A super concert, a picnic lunch in the sun in the park, and  pub supper watching the last set of the Murray match. What a brilliant way to spend a Sunday! (Carina, Surrey)

The charity which benefited from all programme sales, advertising and sponsorship at this concert was the National Autistic Society, which raised over £6,000.  You can still support their work in connection with this 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.

We regret that there were no photographs taken at this concert.