For our Easter concert 2022 we will be performing Brahms' A German Requiem with piano duet.
The concert will be on 8th April 2022 at 7.30pm in All Saints' Church, Brixworth, Northants.
Rehearsals start on 13th January 2022 with half term (no rehearsal) 17th February. They will take place 7.30 - 9.30 each Thursday in Old church. Please take a Covid lateral flow test before each one.
The poster on the right is for the cancelled 2020 performance! But we’ve included it for the time being to make the page look prettier.
This, Brahms' longest work, contains some of his most beautiful music as well as passages of great excitement. In Village Voices we enjoyed it so much in our 2014 Summer Workshop that we decided on a fully rehearsed concert to give it proper justice. After our abortive attempt in 2020, we now have our fingers crossed for a 2022 performance.
Most "requiems" are settings of the Latin requiem mass for the souls of the dead. Brahms' work is quite different. He selected passages from the bible that speak much more to the living, with messages of sorrow and consolation - summarized in the opening "Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted." Because he was using Luther's German translation of the bible and not the Latin mass, he titled it "Ein deutsches Requiem" ("A German Requiem"). However, we shall be singing it in English.