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Lest We Forget
Saturday, 5 November, 2016 @ 7:30 pm£10 - £30
Mozart Masonic Funeral Music in C minor, K 477
Corp And All the Trumpets Sounded
Mozart Requiem in D minor, K 626
London Mozart Players
Guildford Choral Society
Josephine Goddard soprano
Amy Lyddon contralto
Thobela Ntshanyana tenor
Gareth Brynmawr John bass
Jonathan Willcocks conductor
This concert, as we approach Remembrance Sunday, marks the Centenary of the end of the Battle of the Somme – four months of attritional carnage in 1916 during which nearly one and a half million men lost their lives. One of the truly great settings of the Requiem Mass – that of Mozart – is partnered by a stunning work by the contemporary composer Ronald Corp. Set for soprano and baritone soloists, chorus and orchestra, the text of this moving lament for those who died in the Great War combines the ancient words of the Mass for the Dead with poetry by First World War poets such as Edward Thomas, Rupert Brooke, Charles Sorley and Wilfred Owen – all of whom were profoundly affected by the terrible slaughter of warfare. As a Prelude, the concert opens with Mozart’s brief but moving Funeral Music.