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December 4, 2021
St John’s Smith Square
London SW1P 3HA
Greg Morris conductor
Grace Davidson soprano
Jess Gillingwater mezzo soprano
Nathan Vale tenor
Richard Latham bass
After an absence of 18 years, CML returns to St John’s Smith Square for a performance of Mozart’s famous Requiem.
The fifth of December, 1791 saw the death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, at the age of only 35. To commemorate the eve of this anniversary, Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir and Orchestra will present his famous Requiem, featuring a dazzling array of top-flight soloists and period instrumentalists.
Mozart wasn’t in the best of health when, in July that year, an ‘unknown, grey stranger’ turned up at the composer’s door, saying he represented someone who wanted to commission a Requiem, on the understanding that Mozart did not seek to learn the identity of his patron. Initially suspicious of the mysterious request, Mozart soon threw himself obsessively into the work. However, it proved too much for the ailing composer; he was only able to complete the Requiem aeternam and Kyrie movements, and before his death on 5 December, he had only managed to sketch the voice parts and bass lines for the Dies irae through to the Hostias.
Mozart’s widow, Constanze, eager to ensure the commission was completed, passed the job of finishing the Requiem to the composer’s pupil Franz Xaver Süssmayr, to whom he had given detailed instructions about its completion. The Requiem remains a work of astonishing Mozartian invention – resembling death itself, as it brilliantly conjures pathos, serenity and terror.
Alongside the Requiem, CML performs Mozart’s sublime Vespers, and – as a an exquisite curtain-raiser – his elegant Church Sonata for organ and orchestra in F major, K 244.
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2022 season announced
CML’s anniversary year promises to be a busy one, with four new concerts and a reprise of this December’s Mozart Requiem at Temple Church.
March sees the choir visit the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption in Warwick Street, central London, for a performance of Rachmaninov’s magnificent Vespers. CML returns to Temple Church in May for a Vaughan-Williams concert commemorating 150 years since the composer’s birth. In July, CML performs a varied a cappella programme celebrating summer, at The Crypt on the Green in buzzing Clerkenwell, and the 50th anniversary concert Songs for St Cecilia will take place at St James’s, Piccadilly.
Stay tuned for more details!