Celebrating its tenth anniversary (though two years late due the pandemic), the New Tottenham Singers, in partnership with Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra, present a performance of choral music, at the centre of which is the Mozart Requiem.
The Requiem, Mozart’s enduringly popular final work, is said to have been commissioned anonymously, leading the composer, when he became sick some weeks later, to develop the belief he had begun writing a requiem for his own impending death. Indeed, Mozart never finished the piece, and the scores were completed by a pupil of his, Franz Xaver Süssmayr, based at least in part on the composer’s written notes. Full of emotion and pathos, and written in the midst of illness, it is regarded as a beautiful expression of Mozart’s enduring faith and hope.
The venue for the concert is the 120-year old St Ignatius Church, a prominent Tottenham landmark with a Grade II listing, and one of the area’s most noteworthy buildings. The vivid mosaic glass decoration and the glittering high altar and sanctuary, as well as the striking acoustics should provide a dramatic and striking location in which to enjoy the event.
PARRY I Was Glad
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Serenade to Music
CHRISTOPHER WILSON Alleluia*
*World Premiere performance of this piece written by the late local composer
Choir: The New Tottenham Singers
Orchestra: Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Tom Fowkes