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All Hallows Church
Savernake Road
Gospel Oak



Giuseppe VerdiRequiem: Libera me


Katie Bird – Soprano
Catherine Hopper – mezzo-soprano
Thomas Atkins – Tenor
James Platt – Bass
Ronald Corp – Conductor

Highgate Choral Society
New London Orchestra

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Programme Note

Highgate Choral Society begins its 2015-2016 season with Verdi’s highly dramatic Requiem.The terrifying (and instantly recognizable) Dies irae which introduces the traditional sequence of the Latin funeral rite is repeated throughout. Verdi uses vigorous rhythms, sublime melodies and dramatic contrasts to express the powerful emotions engendered by the text.

At the time of its premiere in 1874 it was not particularly favourably reviewed, with criticism ranging from “an opera in ecclesiastical robes” to a religious work in “dubious musical costume.” It is currently one of the most popular works in the entire choral canon.


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