|Sunday April 28th 2019 7:00 pm
|Royal Northern College of Music
|This wonderful work was the culmination of many years thought and preparation. Blazing trumpets, thunderous drums and a grand chorus summon forth the power and emotion of Verdi’s choral masterpiece. It was composed as a tribute to the writer and humanist Alessandro Manzoni and was first performed on May 22nd 1874 on the anniversary of his death. Johannes Brahms described it as “a work of genius,” and the requiem features dramatic melodies to express profound loss, fear and ultimately hope and joy. The whole work is very much in the Verdi operatic tradition – dramatic, emotional and reflective with great tunes and exquisite orchestration.
We were joined by a first-class team of professional soloists.
|Soprano – Linda Richardson was born in Cheshire and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she was a Peter Moores Foundation Scholar and winner of the Frederic Cox Award, and then at the National Opera Studio. Read more…..
|Mezzo – Kathleen Wilkinson. Born in Burnley, but of Irish heritage, Kathleen Wilkinson studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she won a Peter Moores Foundation Scholarship and was the first female winner of the Webster Booth Competition. Read more…..
|Tenor – David Butt Philip. Originally from Wells, Somerset, David trained at Royal Northern College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio. He was a member of the Glyndebourne Chorus, where he won the John Christie Prize in 2011. Read more…..
|Bass-Baritone – Thomas D Hopkinson. Originally from Nottingham, Thomas studied at the Royal Northern College of Music on the MMus course and the Postgraduate Diploma, graduating in 2014. Read more…..
|East Lancs Sinfonia
|Nigel P Wilkinson
Tickets (adults £15, RNCM students £5, under 18s accompanied £1) are available from:
– Our ticket secretary on 0161 797 3583
– The RNCM box office on 0161 907 5555
– Online via the RNCM web site