King’s College Chapel, home of the world-famous choir (photo: Martinvl from Wikimedia Commons)

Sunday 8 July 2018

Fauré Requiem & Mendelssohn Hymn of Praise

Royal Albert Hall, 7.00 pm

More about this concert

About the artists
Fifty years ago, in January 1968, the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge released a recording of the Requiem by Fauré which was destined to be an all-time best-seller. The solo chorister then for the ‘Pie Jesu’ was a young Robert Chilcott (Bob Chilcott) who conducts for us today, and we are delighted to announce that the ‘Pie Jesu’ will be sung by a current King’s College chorister. Detailed biographies for all the artists taking part in this performance can be accessed by clicking the links which follow:  sopranos Lucy Hall and Elizabeth Karani, tenor James Oxley and baritone Julien Van Mellaerts. Orchestral accompaniment will be provided by the English Festival Orchestra.

About the music
Other than boasting one glorious tune after another, these two choral works could not be more different. Fauré’s setting of the Requiem Mass concentrates on the redemptive and consoling texts used in the Christian burial service, with a token nod to ‘hell fire’ added at the request of his publisher who felt the piece was too gentle.  Mendelssohn’s cantata Hymn of Praise, however, is sheer exuberance from beginning to end. Written in 1840 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the invention of printing, it is full of joyful choruses in praise of the Creator. 

About the charity
The charity which will benefit from all programme sales, advertising and sponsorship at this concert will be the Royal Society for Blind Children. One of the charity’s most ardent supporters is Melvin Collins, who, with his braille score, is almost always to be seen at the front of the TRBC tenor section. 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).

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