2016 - 2017 CONCERTS & WORKSHOPS
Johannes Brahms: A German Requiem
Saturday, 11 November 2017, 7:30pm Brecon Cathedral
One of his most popular works, Brahms was in his forties before he completed his first symphony, and goodness knows what other symphonic achievements he might have had, had he not been cowered into silence by the ghost of Beethoven for so many years. Fortunately for us, he wasn't similarly scared off writing large choral works. It is extraordinary to think that this Requiem of such great physical and emotional magnitude was his first major composition, written when he was only in his thirties.. It is believed that this Requiem was written as a tribute to his mother and designed to comfort the grieving..
The Brecon Singers will sing this Requiem in English under the baton of our amazing Musical Director Robert Evans.
For tickets contact Ellie on 07790 942423.
Mozart Requiem Concert
Saturday, 6 May 2017, 7:30pm
Mozart's Requiem is one of the most famous choral works in the classical repertoire. It is a deeply complex and emotional choral requiem, composed by Mozart on his death bed. When the quirky Count von Walsegg's wife died on Valentine's Day in 1791, it set in motion a series of events that , one could argue, has never stopped. Walsegg, an accomplished musician himself, anonymously commissioned the piece, totally spooking an already unstable Mozart in the process (he had taken ill after a performance of La Clemenze di Tito). Mozart became consumed by the Requiem, believing he had been cursed to write a requiem for himself, because he was about to die. The opening movement Requiem aeternam was the only section to be completed. Mozart had only completed a few bars of the Lacrimosa, however, when the unfinished manuscript was delivered to Walsegg in Brussels, this section was torn out and never found again. Sussmayr, Mozart's only composition pupil, completed the Requiem in 1792 but it was not well received by scholars down the centuries.
Tickets on sale now at £10 (Under 18s - £5) from the Cathedral Shop and Ardent Gallery on Brecon High Street. Tickets will also be on sale at the door.
John Rutter Come and Sing Day
THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT
Saturday, 30 September 2017, Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon
John Rutter invites you to sing a mixture of choral music, old and new, and many other familiar and unfamiliar works. This event, hosted by Brecon Singers, finishes at 4;45pm. Ticket price is £20 to include music hire.
Mozart Requiem Come and Sing
THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED
The Brecon Singers warmly invite anyone with a knowldege of Mozart's Requiem to join us for a workshop in St. David's Church, Llanfaes, Brecon on 06 May 2017 at 3:30 p.m. We will be using the Novello edition of the Mozart Requiem (completed by Sussmayr). Please bring your score as copies will not be available for hire or sale on the day. Singers attending the workshop are invited to join the Brecon Singers for the performance at 7:30pm at St. David's Church. Now fully booked!
Carols and Canapés
Monday 19 December 2016, 6pm, St. David's Church, Llanfaes
Come and enjoy the magic of Christmas with The Brecon Singers. Our Christmas concert is once again full of Christmas Cheer celebrating this magical time of the year! O Come all ye faithful and join us in song. Let's Hark the Herald Angels Sing before we Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly . The choir will regale you with a Merry Christmas Cha Cha Cha and members of the choir will come forward with a mixture of serious and fun readings. There will be stalls for Christmas shopping and a table filled with delicious food for you during the interval. A wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit.
Tickets available on the door at £8 (£5 for under 18 year olds).
George Frideric Handel's Messiah
Saturday 19 November 2016, 7pm
George Frideric Handel's Messiah is more often than not referred to as The Messiah. Although it is officially incorrect and should simply be called Messiah, it is widely accepted and commonly used.
Handel's Messiah was intended as a thought provoking work for Easter and Lent, but it became more of a Christmastime tradition. Messiah became so popular during the 19th century. Musicians began making their performances larger than Handel had intended by writing parts for additional instruments and bringing in greater numbers of performers, while unintentionally losing the core of the original work.
Since its debut, there are many versions of Handel's Messiah, many edited and reworked by Handel himself. The true original is lost in a sea of variations, but the Messiah of today is as close to the original as music historiographers can agree upon.
The Brecon Singers welcome soloists Helen Parker, William Purefoy, Tom Phillips and Richard Immerglück.
Saturday, 19 November 2016, 1:30 pm, Brecon Cathedral
The Brecon Singers warmly invite anyone with a knowldege of Handel's Messiah to join us for a Messiah Workshop in Brecon Cathedral on 19 November at 1:30 p.m. We will be using the Watkins Shaw edition of Messiah and there will be copies available for hire or sale. Singers attending the workshop are invited to join the Brecon Singers for the performance at 7 pm in the Brecon Cathedral.
For more information, please complete the form below or ring 01874 658332.
Please note that registration closes on 1 November 2016. Registration now closed.
Gabriel Faure Requiem and Prodigal Son by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Saturday 21 May 2016, 7:30 pm
The Faure Requiem was composed by Faure between 1887 and 1890. His reasons for composing his Requiem are uncertain. One possible impetus may have been the death of his father in 1885 and his mother’s death two years later on New Year’s Eve 1887. By the time of his mother’s death, he had already begun the work, which he later declared was “composed for nothing...for fun, if I may be permitted to say so.” The Faure Requiem is always appreciated by its audience and a joy to sing. Soloists Lowri Bufton and Tyrstan Wililiams join the Brecon Singers for this performance.
Prodigal Son by Charpentier is based on one of the parables of Jesus and apears in Luke 15:11:32, It is said that it is one of many oratorios where Charpentier has successfully integrated the Italian type of Carrissimi, with who he studied composition, with his native French style. His work is marked by its lyricism, skilled polyphony ad sensitive use of harmonic resources. The choruses of Prodigal Son mark a high point in Charpentier's oratorios.
Carols and Canapés
Wednesday 16 December 2015, 6:30 pm
The Brecon Singers Christmas concert is once again full of Christmas Cheer celebrating this magical time of the year! You can "Hark the Herald" and follow up with a "Welcome Yule". The "Sussex Carol" is always a favourite. New arrangements by Chris Williams to include Green Growth the Holly, Past 3 o'clock and a crowd pleasing version of Merry Christmas Cha Cha Cha. Members of the choir come forward with a mixture of serious and fun readings. Too much fun to miss....We look forward to the pleasure of your company!
Gioacchino Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle
Saturday 7 November 2015
Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle was first performed in 1864 and exists in several versions. You would think that the editorial history of the last great work by a major composer would be relatively straightforward, but that is not the case with this work. Rossini wrote the Messe around 1863, dedicating it to his friends the Count and Countess Pillet-Will, with the first performance taking place in their home with attendance by invitation only. Rossini was not present for the performance! There was only one further performance of the Messe in his lifetime on 24 April 1865. Although little performed in his lifetime, it has gone on to become a unique work in the religious repertoire.