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North London Chorus invites you to our next concert which is on Saturday 14th July atSt James Church, Muswell Hill and which features two contrasting sacred choral pieces by Italian composers - Salieri’s Requiem in C minor and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria.
Composed in 1804 but performed for the first time at the composer’s memorial service in 1825, Salieri’s austere yet poetic setting of the Requiem Mass is rarely heard. Overshadowed by his contemporary, Mozart, in life and death, Salieri was a pivotal figure in the development of opera. A recent revival of interest in his music has led to the rediscovery of a number of works that are slowly and surely re-entering the repertoire.
Puccini composed his Messa a quattro voci in 1880 as a graduation piece. It was performed once, never published in his lifetime, and did not re-emerge until 1952, 28 years after the composer’s death. Now commonly known as Messa di Gloria (which is a misnomer, since it is in fact a full Mass setting) it contains all the hallmarks of this extraordinary composer’s theatrical and emotional range.
North London Chorus is a friendly local choir, who rehearse every Thursday evening in East Finchley. The choir perform three concerts a year, often at St James' church in Muswell Hill singing a varied and challenging repertoire of sacred and secular music. Murray Hipkin, of English National Opera, has been Musical Director of NLC since January 2003.
St James’ Church, St James Lane, Muswell Hill, London N10 3DB
Tickets available online at: https://northlondonchorus.org/tickets
Prices: £23 - £19 - £11 (concessions £2 reduction) Tickets are also available, in person only, from the church bookshop or from Les Aldrich Music Shop, 98 Fortis Green Road, Muswell Hill, N10 3HN
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