Brahms - Ein Deutsches Requiem; Haydn - Insanae et vanae curae; Schubert - Unfinished Symphony. Winchester Cathedral.

Saturday, 21 November 2009 - 7:30pm

Southampton Philharmonic Choir Southampton University Phil New London Sinfonia David Gibson (conductor) Erica Eloff - soprano Simon Thorpe - baritone Haydn - Insanae et vanae curae Schubert - Unfinished Symphony Brahms - Ein deutsches Requiem Saturday 21st November 2009, 7.30pm Winchester Cathedral Haydn’s motet Insanae et vanae curae - frenzied and vain cares - is Southampton Philharmonic Choir’s short contribution to the 200th anniversary of Haydn’s death. It is one of Haydn’s most powerful pieces, being adapted from the storm chorus of an existing oratorio. Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony (or Symphony No 8 in B minor) will give our professional orchestra, the New London Sinfonia, a chance to shine. The piece has strongly contrasting sections - sometimes soft and lyrical, sometimes fierce and turbulent. Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, the main work in this concert, was described by the composer as a “human requiem” of mourning and consolation for the living. The German text was chosen by Brahms from the Lutheran Bible. The work was the composer’s response to the death of his mother and perhaps also to the death some years earlier of his great friend and mentor, Schumann. The music ranges from sad and reflective to triumphant. The soprano soloist will be Erica Eloff, who many will remember for her stunning performance in the title role of Handel’s oratorio Theodora at Southampton Guildhall last year, also with Southampton Philharmonic Choir. Erica won the 2008 London Handel Festival Singing Competition, and has gone on to become a star of this year’s festival. The baritone soloist will be Simon Thorpe, who has just finished a run of Rigoletto in Bristol and is due to appear with Welsh National Opera in the New Year. Booking: Tickets are available from choir members and, from 8th September, from: Cathedral Box Office, Visitors’ Centre, Outer Close, Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, SO23 9LS. Telephone: 01962 857275 Online booking Box office opening times: Monday to Friday 10am – 4.30pm, Saturday 11am – 3pm (4.30pm on concert days). Tickets will be on sale on the door from 6.45pm on the evening of the concert. Ticket prices: £30, £24, £19, £14 (concessions available) and £8 (latter price for seats in the North Nave Aisle, with no view). Concessions: Over 60s - £1 discount. Students, children, job-seekers and disabled - half price. Carers accompanying wheelchair users - free. Group Concession - buy 10, get 11th ticket free.