Sunday, 18 November 2018

Choral society and sinfonia are performing just streets apart

THE South Chiltern Choral Society is performing Brahms’ Requiem at the University of Reading’s Great Hall

THE South Chiltern Choral Society is performing Brahms’ Requiem at the University of Reading’s Great Hall on Sunday night.

A deeply moving, profound and powerful piece, popularly regarded as one of the greatest of choral works, it focuses on comforting the living, unlike the traditional requiem mass.

A spokesman for the choral society said: “This beautiful music comforts, calms and suggests hope, while still acknowledging the tragedy of death.

“Brahms’s mother died in 1865. This loss caused him much grief and may well have inspired Ein Deutches Requiem.

“Brahms assembled the libretto himself and purposely omitted Christian dogma. He admitted that he would have gladly called the work A Human Requiem.



“Soprano Nia Coleman, baritone Malachy Frame, and pianists Ian Westley and Thomas Graff — four hands on one piano — accompany us. Please join us for this glorious concert.”

The concert starts at 6pm and has a projected running time of around two hours — including an interval — finishing at 8pm.

Tickets are £12 for adults and £6 for under-21s and can be booked by calling 07500 032840 or online at www. southchilternchoralsociety. org.uk

l An hour and a half before the South Chiltern Choral Society play the Great Hall, West Forest Sinfonia are in concert at the Abbey School in nearby Kendrick Road, where they will present a concert of English string music featuring works by Purcell (arranged by Britten), Elgar, Holst (arranged by Jacob) and others. Tickets are priced £15 (concessions £14). Under-18s and students are priced £2.50. To book, call 0118 978 6189.



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