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Friday 19 May, 7.00pm NB Start time
Westminster Abbey

The Choir of Westminster Abbey
St. James’s Baroque
James O'Donnell conductor

The Chorlisters of Westminster Abbey James O'Donnell

Lisa Milne soprano
Catherine Wyn-Rogers mezzo-soprano
Charles Daniels tenor
Alan Ewing bass

Mozart Adagio & Fugue in C minor, K546
Exsultate, jubilate, K165
Sancta Maria, mater Dei, K273
Ave verum corpus. K618
Requiem Mass in D minor, K626
(completed Süssmayer)

As a child prodigy, Mozart travelled the breadth of Europe, performing
at the musical courts of its capitals and in 1764 visited
London where he was received by George III and studied with
Abel and J. C. Bach. Westminster Abbey provides an awe-inspiring
setting for a musical journey through Mozart’s life, from the glorious
virtuosity of the well-known Exsultate, jubilate, an Italianate work
of 1773 written in Milan, to the sombre intensity of the Requiem,
composed in the last weeks of his life and left unfinished. The
Requiem’s haunting woodwind, dramatic choruses and soaring
solo lines all contribute to a sublime experience. The little motet
Ave verum corpus, from the composer’s last summer, sets the
funeral mood while the forceful lines of the Adagio and Fugue
foreshadow the jagged fugal subjects of the Requiem.

‘The men and boys of Westminster, under the sensitive baton of
James O’Donnell, possess a beautiful sound, with a remarkably
even blend and unanimity in phrasing.’
Washington Post

Tickets £30*, £25, £18, £5 (no view)

*(very limited availability)