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Leeds Town Hall
The Headrow


Giuseppe VerdiRequiem: Libera me


Philipa Boyle – Soprano
Jennifer Johnston – mezzo soprano
Peter Auty – Tenor
Vuyani Mlinde – Bass
David Hill – Conductor

Leeds Festival Chorus
Leeds Philharmonic Chorus
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Programme Note

Leeds Festival Chorus and Leeds Philharmonic Chorus unite for a performance of Verdi’s setting of the Roman Catholic funeral mass, composed in memory of the Italian writer Alessandro Manzoni in 1873. Although Verdi was not particularly religious, it was during his later years, perhaps as he considered his mortality, that he first began to write sacred works, the Requiem being the grandest and most well known.

'To copy the truth can be a good thing, but to invent the truth is better, much better.' Verdi

‘ I adore art... when I am alone with my notes, my heart pounds and the tears stream from my eyes, and my emotion and my joys are too much to bear’ Verdi

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