Dramatic choral work in Matlock concert

Derbyshire Singers
Derbyshire Singers

The Derbyshire Singers are performing Verdi’s Requiem at Highfields School in Matlock on Saturday 12th April.

The concert will be the second work in their 40th anniverdary season.

This work is one of the most spectacular and dramatic choral pieces, needing a double chorus, a large orchestra (with 27 wind and brass players 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 among 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, 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 is likely to be one of the highlights of the 2014 musical calendar locally and 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 at Highflelds Schoolon Saturday, April 12, at 7.30pm. Ticket details are available at www.derbyshiresingers.org