Concert close-up at Westminster Central Hall featuring a few basses (behind the orchestra) and altos (in red to the right)

23 July 2022
Central Hall Westminster

Our concert at Central Hall Westminster on 23 July was certainly a night to remember, with stylistically varied pieces by Mozart creating a first-class programme.

Beginning with the Overture to Don Giovanni, the English Festival Orchestra (leader Alison Kelly) gave a spirited performance before being joined by clarinettist Anna Hashimoto for the Clarinet Concerto. This offered a complete contrast: playing a basset clarinet, Anna’s beautiful interpretation gave us pin-drop pianissimos one minute, exuberant runs and arpeggios the next. After the interval, Gavin Carr’s energetic direction drew a highly-charged performance of the Requiem from almost 1,000 singers who found themselves with slightly less room than at the Royal Albert Hall, but nevertheless relished the rather more intimate and rewarding acoustic. Our excellent team of soloists comprised Eleanor Pennell-Briggs (soprano), Emma Stannard (mezzo), Gareth Treseder (tenor) and Jake Muffett (baritone).

Bart’s Cancer Charity benefited from programme sales, donations and advertising and were delighted with the £4,080 raised during the evening. Free seats for the performance were made available to their volunteers.

Photos taken during rehearsal and performance can be viewed/downloaded here.

Feedback from our singers:

‘…fabulous ..! I have never heard such a moving interpretation of the clarinet concerto, and singing in the chorus for the Requiem was both great fun and very exciting – thank you!’ (Kitty M.)

‘I would like to thank and congratulate TRBC for the “buzz” from the exciting performance of Mozart’s Requiem on 23 July.’ (Norman C.)

‘Thank you so much! My 16-year-old son and I had the most fabulous time – it is the first time he has had the opportunity to perform amongst so many other basses and he is still glowing! We are definitely looking out for future TRBC events.’ (Lisa & Will C.)