The opening concert of Worcester Festival Choral Society's 2019-20 season combines one of the most breathtaking of Mozart's choral works with a powerful 20th Century requiem by Jonathan Willcocks, in the majestic surroundings of Worcester Cathedral.
Commissioned by a mysterious anonymous patron and only partially completed by the time of his death, aged only 35, in 1791, Mozart's much-loved, heart-breakingly beautiful Requiem is also one of choral music's most intriguing legends. From the mournful Lacrymosa to the fire and brimstone of the Dies Irae, this promises to be a stunning musical experience.
The concert also includes the opportunity to discover a more modern classic in the shape of Lux Perpetua, written by Jonathan Willcocks in 1998. By turns exciting and moving, this mini war requiem delivers a message of peace and unity.
Performing with the 150 members of Worcester Festival Choral Society will be the Meridian Sinfonia symphony orchestra and acclaimed soloists. WFCS and Worcester Cathedral Director of Music Samuel Hudson conducts.