TRBC Mozart Requiem

Some of the volunteers from The Royal Society of Musicians of
Great Britain posing in their
brand-new pinafores.



Our TRBC Mozart Requiem concert at the Royal Albert Hall was a superb day, tinged with regret that this was the last time so many TRBC singers would have the chance to work and rehearse together.

It also happened to be the 80th birthday of TRBC’s Principal Conductor Brian Kay and we had planned a surprise at the beginning of the afternoon tutti rehearsal.  Instead of the sombre opening of Mozart’s Requiem, his downbeat produced the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ with suitable birthday words performed by 1,700 singers, soloists and orchestra!

Our vocal soloists were Rachel Speirs (soprano), Bethany Horak-Hallett (mezzo-soprano), Ruairi Bowen (tenor) and Ossian Huskinson (bass-baritone). Mozart’s Requiem calls more for ensemble work than for spectacular solo lines, and these four made an admirably blended quartet. We also enjoyed a sparkling performance of Mozart’s Third Horn Concerto from Ben Goldscheider, described by Brian Kay as ‘a phenomenal talent’. The strings of English Festival Orchestra, led by Alison Kelly, gave an effervescent opening to the concert with Eine kleine Nachtmusik.

Joining us for the first time were charity volunteers from The Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain. Their programme-selling team included some very eminent musicians. Conspicuous in their branded pinafores, they raised almost £8,000 for the charity’s valuable work within the music profession.

Here’s some feedback from those taking part (join our Facebook Group to see more comments):

‘What a terrific night – it was spine tingling, and we felt privileged to have participated. And what a feat of organisation – take a bow!’ Mairead M.
‘It was great again, thanks!’ Stefan V.
‘The Birthday Boy looked suitably surprised by your splendid idea of the Birthday Hallelujah. The look on his face was a joy to behold! Thank you for all you do to make these things happen – you make it so wonderfully easy for all of us taking part. A million thanks.’ Rosie U.
‘What a brilliant concert it was, and a privilege and an honour to be there.’ Jim M.
‘I am very sorry that I could not enjoy a ‘last hurrah’ at the RAH. But everything has a life-cycle, and I shall just remain ever grateful for the wonderful memories that I have of singing in a very special venue.’ Marion O’M.
‘It was really fabulous – I am so looking forward to the Messiah in November. I have made new friends too: it’s hard when you live alone but TRBC makes it easy to meet and mix.’ Rainy L.

A last word from Brian Kay, summing up everyone’s feelings perfectly for this final TRBC Mozart Requiem at the RAH.

‘What a great day! The choir was on top form, helped enormously by being able to rehearse both morning and afternoon. These days must give all the singers such a thrill, as today’s mass of emails makes clear. The only damper was the frustrating thought that there won’t be any more of those rehearse-perform days.’

Our next RAH concert is Messiah from Scratch® on 10 November. And after that, why not join us in St Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna, to commemorate the actual moment of Mozart’s death? (You could also complete your Christmas shopping in the city’s famous Christmas markets.) Details here.

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