Mozart Requiem joy!

On Saturday 8th April 2017 Basildon Choral hosted 45 guests in a Come and Sing performance of the wonderful Mozart Requiem.  The choir was joined by a superb orchestra – Sinfonia da Chiesa – and four magnificent soloists Lesley Ann Rogers (soprano), Susan Marrs (alto), Jon English (tenor) and Doug Rice-Bowen (baritone).

Members of the audience praised the quality and power of the 100 strong choir in the excellent acoustic of St Martin’s Church, in Basildon town centre. In the first half of the this all Mozart programme, the orchestra played Eine kleine Nachtmusik and his much loved Clarinet Concerto, with soloist Peter Cigleris, the choir contributing the Ave Verum.

Next for the choir was another opportunity for singers to get together. Basildon Choral joined members of other choirs to form Sussex Festival Choir in a large scale performance with orchestra of Verdi’s Requiem at Arundel Cathedral on Sunday 23rd July.


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kay Jacobs
    Apr 10, 2017 @ 23:14:09

    I really enjoyed singing in this concert. It was one of the best experiences I have had with the choir. The soloists and the orchestra were great, and Peter Cigleris’ clarinet solo was to die for! Such a talented young man! Thanks to Stephen for his drive and encouragement. You have to work hard on us, but it was worth it, I think.


  2. Ros Huntley
    Apr 11, 2017 @ 07:29:38

    I really enjoyed singing in the Mozart Requiem last Saturday. This was my first time to sing this work in a performance. Thanks for a great day and a wonderful concert.


  3. Tina Camp
    Apr 14, 2017 @ 13:21:53

    Well, well, well!
    What a delightful way to spend my time!
    Participating in a Mozart Requiem Concert, encompassing an Orchestra and Soloists.
    My words are few as it is simply beautiful.
    One of many experiences that I will continue to be associated with.
    Many thanks to all involved.


  4. Janis Lawson
    Apr 14, 2017 @ 17:40:03

    It was a pleasure to join you last Saturday for the concert at St Martin’s Church. I thought it was a fabulous concert and I really enjoyed singing with such great singers. I would also like to say that in my opinion the musical director really got the best out of all of the singers and orchestra. I will not forget this experience – it was so good.


  5. Ralph Lawson
    Apr 15, 2017 @ 11:49:39

    Enjoyed the whole day, from the excellent workshop to the brilliant concert. I found the musical director very amusing but also very good at getting the the best possible performance. He made us guests very welcome and would gladly love to sing with you in the future.


  6. Graham Pilkington
    Apr 19, 2017 @ 17:55:09

    We enjoyed the Mozart concert immensely – the clarinetist was world class!
    Our only comment was that perhaps the choir were perhaps too loud in the second half.
    But an excellent night!


  7. Steve
    Apr 29, 2017 @ 15:22:46

    Two emails received from ‘Come and Sing’ participants:

    I would like to say how much I enjoyed the whole day. Myself and the other members of Adoramus were made to feel very welcome and it was a privilege to join you. I felt the whole Mozart programme was great and the Clarinet concerto was a real pleasure (even though the old pews were getting pretty uncomfortable by the end of the first half). It was a joy to be singing along with so many others, and I shall remember the day with real fondness.

    I’d just like to say thank you to the Basildon Choral Society for another great day – Judith and I found the Requiem quite challenging, never having sung it before but hope we didn’t let the side down! We both really enjoyed the day, you are a very friendly choir and it was a real treat to hear the first part of the concert.
    I hope we’ll be able to join you again for another ‘Come and Sing’ – sadly neither of us lives near enough to join you regularly. Good luck with the Verdi Requiem, and please pass on my thanks to all involved in organising the day, I know that a lot of work goes into these events.


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