Southampton Philharmonic Choir - Bach Mass in B Minor
Southampton Philharmonic Choir - Bach Mass in B Minor
Saturday 14 March 2020 - 7.30pm
Join Southampton Philharmonic Choir, Southampton University Philharmonic Choir and the superlative Hanover Band for a performance of Bach's Mass in B Minor. One of the jewels of the baroque period, the work is almost a catalogue of Bach’s musical styles and techniques and was perhaps the last piece of music that he worked on before his death in 1750. The Hanover Band is one of Britain’s finest period instrument orchestras, comprising some of the best period instrument specialists in the UK. The combination of the performers and the venue can only serve to make this evening a memorable one.
Ticket prices are £12, £18, £24, £29 and £34, + £1 per ticket booking fee (capped at £5 per transaction).
Seniors (over 65s): £1 off all ticket prices.
Group Concession (Buy 5 tickets and get the 6th ticket free)
Discount groups (disabled, carers accompanying disabled, job-seekers, students and children): half-price.
Available from The Cathedral Box Office - 01962 857275
When & WhereChoose Day
Saturday 28th March 2020 - 7pm
Waynflete Singers’ 50th Anniversary Gala Concert
This special anniversary gala concert will contain works selected from those the Waynflete Singers have performed over the past 50 years.
They are joined by the London Mozart Players and will be conducted by their three most recent music directors, Andrew Lumsden, David Hill and Martin Neary.
As a result of a successful crowdfunding campaign a new commission will be unveiled from the composer and eminent baritone Roderick Williams OBE, who will also be performing Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs. The programme includes works by Parry, Wesley, Vaughan Williams, Howells and Tavener. Not to be missed!
Tickets: £49, £39, £27, £22, £15 + £1.25 per ticket booking fee (capped at £6.25 per transaction) on sale from 3 February from the Cathedral Box Office 01962 857275.
Winchester & County Music Festival - Verdi Requiem
Saturday 16 May 2020 - 7.30pm
Conductor: John Sutton
Soloists: Helen Bailey (soprano), Fiona Mackay(contralto), Alexander James Edwards (tenor), Michael Druiett (bass)
Choirs: Compton & Shawford Festival Choir, ItchenValley Choir, Sarisbury Choral Society, Winchester City Festival Choir
Orchestra: Festival Orchestra
Leader: Elizabeth Flower
Tickets: £32, £24, £18 and £12 (half price for those in full time education) + £1.25 per ticket booking fee (capped at £6.25 per transaction) available through WCMF choirs or from Winchester Cathedral Box Office on 01962 857275.
Requiem – Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901)
When Rossini died in 1868, Verdi proposed that a Requiem should be written in honour of the great man. Thirteen leading Italian composers, including himself, would each be invited to contribute a movement. Somewhat predictably, initial enthusiasm for the idea soon gave way to all sorts of professional rivalries, and when it also became clear that the piece would be little more than an unconvincing pot-pourri, the scheme had to be abandoned.
In 1873 the Italian poet, novelist and national hero Alessandro Manzoni died. Verdi had been a lifelong admirer and was deeply affected by his death. He decided to write a Requiem in Manzoni’s memory, and began by re-working the Libera me which he had composed five years earlier for the ill-fated Rossini project. Though it is Verdi’s only large-scale work not intended for the stage, the Requiem is unashamedly theatrical in style, with passages of great tenderness and simplicity contrasting with intensely dramatic sections. Writing at the time, the eminent conductor and pianist Hans von Bülow aptly described it as ‘Verdi’s latest opera, in church vestments’
The first performance of the Messa di Requiem was on 22nd May 1874, the first anniversary of Manzoni’s death, in St. Mark’s Church, Milan. Its British premiere took place in May 1875 at the Albert Hall, conducted by Verdi himself, with a chorus of over 1000and an orchestra of 140. One journalist described the work as ‘the most beautiful music for the church that has been produced since the Requiem of Mozart’. However, a minority found it offensive that Verdi, an agnostic, should be writing a Requiem. Today this difference between traditional sacred music and Verdi’s operatic treatment of the Requiem text no longer presents a problem.
Few choral works have captured the public imagination in the way that Verdi’s Requiem has. The uncomplicated directness of his style, his soaring, lyrical melodies which lie perfectly for the human voice, the scintillating orchestration and, most significantly, the work’s extraordinary dramatic and emotional intensity, all contribute to the Requiem’s status as one of the great icons of Western music.
Available from 7 January 2020
Thursday 15 October 2020 - 7.30pm
Winchester Cathedral Nave
Join Aled Jones as he embarks on a UK-wide tour, performing at many of the nation’s best-loved cathedrals.
Over his extraordinary 30 year career, Aled's outstanding performances have amade smash-hit box office history. He is the original crossover star and has sung for the Pope and the Royal Family, received an MBE, released over 30 albums - with over 10 million album sales and counting - and has over 40 silver, gold and platinum discs. After beginning his career at the age of 12, Aled became one of the world’s most successful boy sopranos, releasing 12 hit albums in 4 years with the defining moment being ‘Walking in the Air’, the hit song from the family-favourite, Christmas animated film ‘The Snowman’. As a broadcaster, Aled has forged an extensive career, having presented across BBC Radio 2 & 3 and BBC Radio Wales. Aled also hosts the Classic FM Sunday Breakfast Show and has become a popular favourite on the station and enjoyed his own show ITV Weekend.
VIP tickets include a Meet and Greet which will take place at the venue from 18:00.
Tickets: VIP Meet and Greet £70, Platinum £35, Gold £30, Silver £25 + £1.25 per ticket booking fee (capped at £5 per transaction)