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100th Anniversary Concert
Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem, Saint-SaŽns Symphony No 3 (Organ)

Monday, 30 March 2015, 19:30 - 22:00
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London  SE1 8XX

Liz WattsMarking 100 years since the choir's first public concert as the Wimbledon Choral Society on 22 March 1915.   Details of the events leading up to this inaugural concert can be found here.

We are delighted to be working with Orchestra Vitae once again, a wonderfully exciting orchestra of young players recently graduated or still studying at British music colleges.   We are also very pleased to welcome members of the East London Chorus who will be joining us on the stage as well our two outstanding soloists, Liz Watts (soprano) and Jacques Imbrailo (baritone). 

Composed between 1865-68, Johannes Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem is his longest composition and it is thought the death of his mother in 1865 was the motivation although it is also thought that Robert Schumann's passing in the previous decade was where the initial seed of the idea was sown.   Brahms assembled the libretto himself.  In contrast to the traditional Roman Catholic Requiem Mass, which employs a standardised text in Latin, the text is derived from the German Luther Bible.

Jacques ImbrailoCamille Saint-Saëns' Symphonie no 3 (avec orgue) was completed in 1886 at what was arguably the artistic zenith of the composer's career. He is stated as saying "I gave everything to it I was able to give. What I have here accomplished, I will never achieve again." The Symphony was commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society with its first performance in London on 19 May 1886, conducted by the composer.  After the death of his friend Franz Liszt two months later, Saint-Saëns dedicated the work to Liszt's memory.

To view/download a copy of the publicity flyer for this concert just click on www.wimbledon-choral.org.uk/brahms
 
 
 
 
 
 

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