Harrogate Choral Society concerts

The newest series of concerts being held by the Harrogate Choral Society kicks off in November at the Royal Hall with a not to be missed evening dedicated to Mozart. Internationally acclaimed violinist Nicola Beneditti with be enthralling the audiences with the elegance, musicality and energy that has seen her delighting audiences around the world since she won the BBC’s young Musician of the Year back in 2004.

In this instance, she will be performing Violin concerto No 5, a piece that has been described in the past as one that is unsurpassed for its tenderness, brilliance and wit. The chairman of the Harrogate Choral Society, Tony Latter, has said that they are absolutely thrilled to have a performer of the calibre of Nicola Benedetti to join them for the first concert in their 2011/12 season.

Harrogate Choral Society will be singing Requiem Mass in D minor, the piece that Mozart was writing at the time of his death and 1791 and was therefore uncompleted. While there is much consternation over how much of the work is actually Mozart’s, and how much was done by his assistant and pupil Franz Sussmayr, it is still a much loved and enduring composition and a regular in choral repertoires.

The deputy music director for the Harrogate Choral Society is Marilynne Davies, and she  has said that this Requiem is a thoroughly rewarding piece for singers to perform. She added that the melodies are memorable and exquisite and when you couple them with the intense choruses like Lacrimosa, and the vitality of Dies Irae the religious significance associated with this Requiem Mass is well observed and expressed.

This opening concert will start with one of Mozart’s most charming yet seldom heard works, Sancta Maria, and this set the tone for what is more that likely to be a sell out event. Guests who will be joining the 170 singers in the choir will be the soprano Claire Wild, the alto Frances Bourne, the tenor Pascal Charbonneau and bass Jonathan Best.

Manchester Camerata are the orchestra for the concert, who were described in last years reviews as a superb collection of players, and they have contributed to many great performances during their longstanding collaboration with the Harrogate Choral Society.