Mozart’s friends sing the Requiem the day before his death (detail of a picture by Thomas Shields, 1882)

Saturday 11 May 2014


Royal Albert Hall, 7.00 pm

There never seems to be a shortage of people wanting to sing Mozart’s setting of the Requiem Mass, perhaps because of its intriguing history, perhaps because Mozart always seems to pull in the crowds, but mostly, we suspect, because the music is just sublime (in spite of some less than inspirational moments contributed by Sussmayr). In May 2014 the work proved as popular as ever, with more than 2,000 singers and a very healthy audience for this performance.

Music in the first half of the concert was also by Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, and the Clarinet Concerto with Anna Hashimoto as the soloist. TRBC’s principal conductor Brian Kay was in charge, with soloists Emily Vine (soprano), Angharad Lyddon (mezzo-soprano), Gareth Treseder (tenor) and Frederick Long (bass-baritone). The English Festival Orchestra was led by Adrian Levine.

Our charity partner was the British Heart Foundation, and almost £5,500 was raised to support their work in keeping the nation’s hearts healthy.