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Royal Choral Society & London Mozart Players – Mozart Requiem

Classical Concerts Music
Royal Choral Society & London Mozart Players – Mozart Requiem
When

Saturday 27th June, 2020

Where

Phoenix Concert Hall

About

Conductor: Richard Cooke
Soloists: Julia Doyle, Marta Fontanals-Simmons, Robin Bailey, Tristan Hambleton

 

MOZART: Requiem

HANDEL: Zadok the Priest, My Heart is Inditing

MOZART: Symphony No.39 in E flat, K.543

 

Legend says that the swan sings one sublime song in its life – just before death. If there were ever a ‘swan song’ to perfectly reflect this metaphor it is Mozart’s final composition – his Requiem, a masterpiece of drama and passion.

The enigmatic circumstances of the composition – the mysterious commission, the death of Mozart, the secret completion by students – have ensured a continued fascination with the work, but above all it is the music that endures: the poignant Kyrie, the powerful Dies Irae, the affecting Lacrimosa.

The Royal Choral Society has been performing this choral favourite since the choir’s formation in 1872. In this, their first concert in Croydon for 50 years, they will also perform two much-loved anthems by Handel including the epic ‘Zadok the Priest’. The choir will be joined by Fairfield Halls’ resident orchestra, the London Mozart Players, who will also perform Mozart’s majestic Symphony No.39, all under the baton of Royal Choral Society Music Director Richard Cooke.

The Royal Choral Society has been performing the choral masterpieces ever since its formation for the opening of the Royal Albert Hall in 1871, including the UK premières of Verdi’s Requiem in 1875, and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater in 1884, both concerts conducted by their composers.

 

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Performances

Saturday - 27th June 7:30 PM

Venue Info

Phoenix Concert Hall

Designed as a scaled down version of the Royal Festival Hall, (both venues shared the same acoustic consultant, Hope Bagenal), our Concert Hall is recognised internationally for its fantastic and bright acoustics and has “…some of the finest acoustics in Europe” as stated by renowned conductor Leopold Stokowski.

The Phoenix Concert Hall will once again play host to the London Mozart players as resident Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra.

Download the Phoenix Concert Hall seating plan

 


Phoenix Pianos

Phoenix Pianos - Fairfield Halls

Phoenix Pianos are a British company that pride themselves on leading the piano manufacture industry with new, high-end piano technologies.

Founder and Chairman, Richard Dain, is a man of impressive engineering pedigree and tireless vision, who in the early 2000s began to combine his passion for pianos and music with his wide-ranging engineering skills.

A series of ground-breaking innovations have led to the most technologically advanced pianos in the world.

The Phoenix mission is twofold:

  1. To once again offer inspiration to artists in new levels of acoustic performance, after a century of near complete stagnation within the piano industry.
  2. To make highly practical improvements to piano design, such as climate resistance, longevity of parts, reliability of performance, and touch response.

Phoenix instruments benefit from:

  • Carbon fibre and Kevlar soundboard designs
  • A new highly responsive action comprising 3D printed and carbon fibre parts
  • Patented bridge technology to improve the power and efficiency of acoustic transfer, giving artists access to a wider dynamic range

The installation of a fleet of Phoenix instruments in the Fairfield Halls, and their sponsoring of the Phoenix Academy, represent a very special moment for both piano design and manufacture, and for this premier venue.