Stratford-upon-Avon Choral Society presents a programme of words and music to mark the ending of the Great War of 1914-1918.
Gabriel Fauré’s setting the Requiem is one of the great choral works of the 19th Century, and has been a favourite of choirs and audiences ever since it was premiered in 1888. Fauré then revised and expanded the work several times, with the final version completed in 1900.
John Rutter’s Requiem, completed in 1985, is often sung as a companion piece to the Fauré. Rutter's more modern take on the Requiem includes extracts from two psalms - "Out of the deep" (Psalm 130) and “The Lord is my Shepherd” (Psalm 23) – and features solos for cello, soprano and oboe.
Readings of poetry and prose from the First World War will complete this programme to help us honour the great sacrifices made by our forbearers one hundred years ago.
Soprano soloist Eleanor Broomfield will be familiar to many as she has sung with the Choral Society several times before. Her most recent Stratford performance was with the Stratford Chamber Choir as Soprano soloist in their performance of Haydn's Nelson Mass. Eleanor is a local, growing up in Mickleton and schooled at Chipping Campden. She is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, and is currently has a scholarship at the Royal Academy's Preparatory Opera course. She has been a popular soloist locally with Longborough Opera House, the Campden Festival Chorus, Broadway Festival and with Stratford Choral Society.
Baritone Robert Glyndwr Garland graduated at The Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, was a Lay Clerk at Llandaff Cathedral, sang with Classical Brit Award-winning Choir Only Men Aloud! and is developing his career in oratorio and opera.
The concert takes place on Saturday 24th November 2018 at 7.30pm in Holy Trinity Church, Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon.
Painting of Gabriel Fauré by Malcolm Stringer Sergent, 1889