Concerts

BARCLAYS HOUSE CHOIR CONCERT – SATURDAY 18th MAY 2019
ST PETER’S CHURCH, LOWER PARKSTONE, POOLE, 7:30pm

MOZART REQUIEM and OPERA CLASSICS

Barclays House Choir presents its annual spring concert at St Peter’s Church, Ashley Cross, Poole, on Saturday 18 May at 7.30pm.

The first half of our concert will feature the much-loved Mozart Requiem. The Requiem is one of the most famous musical compositions ever written – its fame stems not only from the beauty of the music itself but also the speculations and stories behind its composition. Mozart’s life ended before he could complete the Requiem and his widow, needing to secure the financial commission from the work, turned to Franz Xaver Sussmayr to complete it in a ‘traditional’ style that might be presented as Mozart’s music. However this choral work may have developed, what we now enjoy is a truly outstanding and emotive piece, presenting the trials and turmoils of our journey through life and the contemplation of mortality and the question of life after death. The movements of the Requiem portray this ebb and flow, tension and release, leaving us with the inevitable conclusion that these existential questions will remain unresolved.

For the second half of our concert we move to a different genre, at which Mozart also excelled. ‘A Night at the Opera’ will open with the overture from Mozart’s ‘Magic Flute’ and continue with selected solo arias; choruses from Verdi’s ‘Il Trovatore’, ‘Nabucco’ and ‘La Traviata’; the sultry ‘Habanera’ from Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ and a rousing finale.

Barclays House Choir will be accompanied by the excellent St Peter’s Orchestra and joined by four experienced soloists: Caroline Thomas (Soprano); Emily James (Alto); Andrew Morris (Tenor) and Michael Dewis (Bass).

Tickets, priced £12 (concessions available) can be reserved by telephone (01202 552571) or purchased on the door.

Poster for BHC Spring 2019 Concert

Barclays House Choir gives two concerts each year, in December and May. The December concert is a Christmas concert with carols for the audience to join in. The spring concert often features a major choral work. Both concerts also feature the St Peter’s Orchestra.

You can view the programmes from previous concerts and a list of the BHC repertoire by clicking the appropriate word or using the past performances menu item.

Tickets for concerts are always available on the door, but to save queuing we advise booking in advance by telephone. Please see this website for details of upcoming events.