A 200-strong choir with a 60 piece orchestra hope to to raise the roof of the Princess Royal Sports Centre on Sunday with a one-off performance of Verdi’s Requiem. 2013 is the 200th anniversary of Verdi’s birth and conductor Andrew Trewhella said the work wears its heart on its sleeve.
He agrees with one of the composers original critics who described the work as an opera in ecclesiastical garb. ” It has grandeur, drama and emotional range.” Of course, Giuseppe Verdi was primarily a composer of operas, including La Traviata.
This will be the fifth public event by the Wellington School Choral Society – a unique community mix of parents, teachers, governors, children and local people led by Mr Trewella, Wellington School’s Director of Music.
Their enthusiasm, combined with a professional orchestra and operatic star soloists, should make for an unforgettable experience.
Headmaster Martin Reader, who is singing in the choir, said this week: “It’s going to be such fun, a real community event, involving all age groups.”
The performance is at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from 01823 668850 or from firstname.lastname@example.org, and cost £15 or £25 for VIP tickets which include canapes and bubbly.