Spring will hopefully bring sunshine with the colourful flowers and new life of our gardens and countryside after the wet, miserable winter we have experienced. Spring also brings a burst of musical colour and life in the Halifax Choral Society’s Spring Concert with the North of England Classical Orchestra, at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax on Sunday 17th April at 4.00 pm.
The renowned Halifax Choral Society has been in existence for almost 200 years, and over that long period has performed the vast majority of the choral repertoire. Whilst its members are all amateur singers from many walks of life, the choir is very highly regarded for the quality of its singing. Having a choir of this calibre in Halifax means that there is absolutely no need to travel into either Leeds or Manchester to attend concerts of the highest quality!
This concert offers a wonderful opportunity to hear the mysterious and evocative setting of the Requiem Mass by W A Mozart. This piece formed the basis of the thrilling feature film Amadeus with the controversy still running on as to the identity of the sinister patron who commissioned Mozart to compose the piece. Little did Mozart realise that he was writing the music for his own Requiem, as he died suddenly with the music incomplete, to be finished by others. However, the wonderful big tunes are all Mozart, and they turn this work into a masterpiece, definitely not to be missed!
Along with the Halifax Choral Society we can offer you four excellent soloists: Elin Pritchard, soprano, Rebecca Afonwy-Jones, mezzo, Joshua Ellicott tenor, and Paul D. Grant baritone.
The other work being performed is by the French composer Charles Gounod. His setting of the Mass for St Cecilia’s day – Messe Solennelle de St Cécile is flawlessly sincere with a joyful grandeur that befits a mass written for the patron saint of music. The music will undoubtedly dazzle and charm – much of it closely akin to operatic music for which Gounod also is justly famed.
The conductor for this impressive concert is the Choral Society’s renowned music director, John Pryce-Jones.
Tickets for this special event range from £9 to £23 with discounts available, on sale from the Theatre Box Office on 01422 351158 or online at www.victoriatheatre.co.uk
We hope that you will be able to join us to hear this fantastic music.