TRBC’s Principal Conductor, Brian Kay, will be at the helm at the Royal Albert Hall on 12 May 2024

Sunday 12 May 2024


Royal Albert Hall, 7.00 pm


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 aristocrat 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 reflecting Mozart’s delusion.

Before the interval the orchestra will play the toe-tapping string Serenade no. 13 in G known as Eine kleine Nachtmusik, followed by the 3rd Horn Concerto in E flat.  Both works are delightful – the antithesis of the soul-searching Requiem. The catchy opening melody of Eine kleine Nachtmusik has a good chance of being recognised by non-concert-goers, while Mozart’s delight in the timbres of the French horn shines in every bar. 

About the artists 
Vocal soloists for this concert are as follows: Rachel Speirs, soprano; Bethany Horak-Hallett, mezzo-soprano; Ruairi Bowen, tenor; and Ossian Huskinson, bass-baritone.  The soloist in the horn concerto will be Ben Goldscheider, whose sparkling playing won him a standing ovation when he played for us in 2017; the orchestra is the English Festival Orchestra. and the man in charge is TRBC’s Principal Conductor, Brian Kay.

About our partner charity
Money raised from programmes at this concert, together with all donations, will benefit The Royal Society of Musician of Great Britain (opens in a new window/tab). This is the UK’s oldest musical charity, and included Handel among its long list of founder supporters.

More Mozart Requiem links:  Summary – How to book –  Details for singers (those joining TRBC for this concert).

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