A NATIONALLY-RENOWNED choir is offering a unique and open opportunity to ‘come and sing’ Mozart’s iconic Requiem at Leamington’s Holy Trinity Church on Saturday September 24.
Armonico Consort’s artistic director Christopher Monks, with singers and soloists from the Warwick-based choir, will share an insight and afternoon of singing in a three-hour workshop, followed by a performance for family and friends.
Mr Monks said: “This is the first ‘Come and Sing’ event that Armonico Consort has arranged in ten years, and Mozart’s Requiem is the perfect piece. Some of our professional singers and scholars will form the backbone of the group, and I firmly believe that if you have a pulse, and can breathe – you can sing.
“So I invite anyone to come and enjoy an afternoon working at this powerful piece with the pleasure of an informal performance at the end of the day.”
Commissioned by a stranger, the Requiem was Mozart’s last work and remained incomplete at his death, which gave rise to all manner of fanciful rumours and baseless conspiracy theories, such as that involving Salieri – as in Peter Shaffer’s film Amadeus.
The Requiem was actually completed by Mozart’s pupil Süssmayr.
The following week, Armonico Consort itself performs Mozart’s Requiem along with Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks and Zadok the Priest, in a concert at Warwick Hall at Warwick School.
‘Come and Sing’ Mozart Requiem with Armonico Consort is at Holy Trinity, Leamington Spa on Saturday 24 September. Mozart Requiem and Handel Music for the Royal Fireworks is at Warwick Hall, Warwick School on Friday September 30.
Visit www.armonico.org.uk for full details.