The first of this evening's two concerts is a feast of Mozart. We welcome back the Vivace Chorus and Jeremy Backhouse to perform the wonderful Requiem. In the first half the musicians of the dazzling Brandenburg Sinfonia, one of the festival's resident ensembles, take centre stage to perform a trio of instrumental masterworks: the dramatic Adagio and Fugue and lighter Serenata Notturna feature the strings of the orchestral, while the wind players take the lead in the charming Divertimento from one of Mozart's best-loved operas, The Marriage of Figaro.
- Mozart Adagio & Fugue in C Minor
- Mozart Marriage of Figaro Divertimento
- Mozart Serenade in D 'Serenata Notturna'
- Mozart Requiem
Conductor - Jeremy Backhouse
Tickets £29 (premium) £25 £22 £18 £13 £9 available from the St Martin's box office - call 020 7766 1100 or click here to book online.
NB a reduced price combined ticket for this evening's two concerts is available - please call the St Martin's box office (25% discount).
The premium seats at St Martin's are front, central, and include a cushion.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
Vivace Chorus is a flourishing and adventurous choir based in Guildford, Surrey. Under the direction of Jeremy Backhouse, who has led the ensemble since 1995, the choir has earned an enviable reputation for performances of the highest standard of a wide variety of repertoire. Recent performances have included Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky, Mahler's Symphony No. 8 and Britten's War Requiem, and in Autumn 2016 the choir marked the anniversary of Shakespeare's death with an innovative programme combining extracts from the Bard's plays and music which they inspired. The choir regularly performs the great choral works by Bach, Brahms, Handel, Haydn and Verdi, and is delighted to be performing Mozart's Requiem as part of the Brandenburg Choral Festival's 2017 Spring Series.
Artistic Director of the Brandenburg Choral Festival Robert Porter founded the Brandenburg Sinfonia in 1980 and it quickly became one of the country's busiest freelance orchestras, playing for choral societies, opera productions and world-renowned soloists all over London, the South-East and further afield. For many years the orchestra has been resident at Thaxted Festival in Essex, performing several orchestral concerts each season, including a family concert alongside its own outreach programme. Along with sister ensemble the Brandenburg Baroque Soloists, the Brandenburg Sinfonia is resident at the Choral Festival, featuring in many concerts throughout the year.