Choral Workshop: Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem

Saturday 19th May 2018

Time 9.30 - 6pm

Our fourth annual choral workshop, coming as it does in the year which commemorates the end of the Great War in 1918, will work on Brahms’ beautiful German Requiem.  It was written in grief after the death of his mother in 1865, and is one of the great choral masterpieces of the European tradition, speaking to us all about loss. It is sacred, but non-liturgical.

Our Maestro for the day is Ashley Grote, a great friend and former Director of the Edington Music Festival.  His career so far has taken him from chorister then Organ Scholar at King’s College Cambridge, via Assistant Organist of Westminster Abbey and Assistant Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral, to Master of Music at Norwich Cathedral since 2012, where he has steadily developed the Cathedral’s choirs.  The Girls’ Choir is now widely regarded as one of the best in the country.

Our soloists are Eloise Irving (soprano) and Alex Jones (baritone), both closely associated with the Edington Music Festival for many years, and our accompaniment will be provided by Libby Burgess and Richard Pinel – a ‘dream team’ who will play Brahms’ own four-handed piano arrangement for the afternoon sessions.  The final flourish will be a concert run-through to which audience is invited;  tickets are only £5, on the door on in advance from mailto:[email protected].

We shall be singing the Requiem in German, and therefore using the Peters Edition which will be available for hire on the day.

We will also, in a nod to the Royal Wedding on the same day, be singing Parry’s ‘I was Glad’ – often sung at Royal Weddings, though who knows on this particular one.  Copies will be for hire on the day, included in the Brahms Requiem hire charge, or separately for £1.

Please email Anne at [email protected] or phone her on 01380 831425  for an application form.

For those of you who have already signed up, your information and schedule for the day are here: Info and schedule

£20 plus £2 copy hire. Cost includes coffee/tea and biscuits at registration and mid-morning.

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Ashley Grote, Master of Music at Norwich Cathedral and former Director of Edington Music Festival.