Nottingham Harmonic Choir will be performing one of the most spectacular and dramatic works in the choral repertoire, on Saturday, November 2, at the city’s Albert Hall (7.30pm start).
‘Trumpets sounding loud as thunder...’ So sings the chorus in the Requiem by Guiseppe Verdi, not quite with hands over their ears, but echoing the fanfare that four extra trumpeters have just played.
During 1874, Verdi, an agnostic, wrote the Requiem in memory of his friend Manzoni, a poet and novelist, whom he greatly admired.
From the almost whispered beginning of the work through to the thunderous and terrifying Dies Irae, Day of Anger; the heartrending pleas for mercy and the weeping break in the voice of the soloist as she sings the Lacrymosa; two choirs blazing out the glory of the heavens; and who could fail to be moved by the urgent pleading of the soloists and chorus singing Libera me...Lord, deliver me - this work has it all.
Four superb soloists, the excellent Orchestra da Camera and Nottingham Harmonic Choir will be drawn together by the choir’s musical director Richard Laing for what promises to be a most powerful performance.
Ticket prices are £6-£16, from Nottingham Playhouse box office on 0115 9419419.