Drama. Celebration. Experience the Tingle Factor.
Who’s on stage
Too many to list! Our own Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia, four fabulous vocal soloists and conductor Stephen Layton. The stage will be packed.
What they’re playing
The main event here is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem. This is one of those big-scale pieces with orchestra, choir and soloists belting it out that makes the hairs on your neck stand up.
Need to know
Price: £17 – £43
Running time: 2 hours, including a 20 minute interval.
Discounts: Save if you’re local, unemployed, a first timer.
Age: Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.
Can’t make it along? Watch for free on YouTube.
Roderick Williams Ave verum corpus Reimagined (5′)
Joanna Ward I Cannot Get To My Love (5’30’)
Oliver Tarney The Spirit of the Lord (7′)
Jonathan Dove Sappho Sings (16′)
Kerensa Briggs A blue and tender flower (world premiere) (10′)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Requiem (48’)
Stephen Layton conductor
Mhairi Lawson soprano
Sophie Harmsen mezzo-soprano
James Gilchrist tenor
Neal Davies baritone
Royal Northern Sinfonia
Tim Burke chorus director
Chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia
What's happening in the music
It’s not all about volume. Mozart’s Requiem has those big moments for sure, but it’s also got emotion, and music that is more fragile and beautiful. He didn’t actually quite finish it, and might have known he was dying as he wrote it – but this isn’t a morbid piece, it’s a full-on celebration of life.
We like to share our birthday celebrations. Our Chorus (fancy word for choir) turns 50 at this concert. You are invited as we celebrate not just with Mozart’s Requiem but with a first half that’s like a tasty and slightly naughty pick and mix of great music for choir.
Take a listen
Mozart the movie star
The film Amadeus about Mozart’s life grossed over $90m back in the 1980’s and helped make Mozart and the Requiem even more famous than it already was. Here’s a clip from the movie in which Mozart is writing the Requiem from his sick bed, assisted by rival composer Salieri.