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The University of York Choir was to have performed Mozart’s Requiem with the Royal Northern Sinfonia in the splendour of York Minster on 17 March 2021. Like all public events in the spring, this concert could not go ahead, but choir members were determined to continue meeting and to rehearse this wonderful work online.
We invited the four soloists into the University of York’s Department of Music to record not only their solo parts but also the chorus parts of the work’s two best-known movements: the Dies Irae and Benedictus. The orchestral parts were reduced to a two-piano version played by Ben Horden and Peter Seymour, who also directed the singers. This recording was then sent to Choir members to support them in their own recording of the chorus parts. All videos were combined by the department’s technical team to produce a short online performance that gives a striking flavour of Mozart’s moving and compelling work, as well as a tribute to the challenges of performing in lockdown.
This is a YouTube Premiere event. You’ll be sent a link to the screening a couple of days before it takes place, as well as a reminder an hour before.
Image credit: The University of York Choir. Alex Holland, University of York
About the performers
Membership of the University of York Choir (UK) is drawn from both outside the University and from the campus community of staff and students. It meets weekly during term time and gives three concerts annually, two in York Minster and one in the University’s Central Hall. You can find more information about the Choir here.