Choral classic in Matlock

Derbyshire Singers

Derbyshire Singers

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For the second concert in their 40th anniversary season, The Derbyshire Singers are performing Verdi’s Requiem at Highfields School in Matlock, on Saturday, April 12.

This work is one of the most spectacular and dramatic choral pieces ever written, needing a double chorus, a large orchestra (including trumpets placed around the auditorium) and four soloists.

For this special performance, The Derbyshire Singers will be joined by Lewisham Choral Society (one of London’s leading choral societies), internationally renowned soloists and an extensive professional orchestra.

The Requiem is considered to be Verdi’s greatest compositions, using vigorous rhythms, sublime melodies, moments of lyrical hushed restraint and terrifying thunderclap-like drums of the Dies Irae to create a work of electrifying intensity and dramatic contrasts, reflecting the powerful emotions in the text.

The soaring melodies which lie perfectly for the human voice, the scintillating orchestration and the work’s extraordinary dramatic and emotional intensity all contribute to the Requiem’s status as one of the greatest works of western music.

This event provides an opportunity to hear a superb live performance of a choral masterpiece, a concert not to be missed.

The concert takes place in the Sports Hall, Highfilelds School, Matlock at 7.30pm on Saturday, April 12. Tickets are £15, concessions £13, Under 18s £6, available from Natural Choice in Ashbourne on 01335 346096, Matlock Tourist Information (Matlock Station) on 01629 583388,from choir members, on the door or online by going to www.derbyshiresingers.org