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Faure Requiem


Sat 14 Oct 2017, 7:30pm

Where: St Paul's Collegiate School, 77 Hukanui Road, Hamilton, Waikato

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $35.00
  • Concession/Student: $20.00
  • Student rush at door with ID: $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Normally a Requiem is a sombre affair, marking the passing of a great person or a particularly 'dark hour' in history, often as a Requiem Mass.

Hamilton Civic Choir has created a brainchild Requiem concert that is a different kind of mass - the massed voices of three secondary schools and their own auditioned choristers. The invited school choirs are from St Paul's Collegiate, St Peter's Cambridge and Waikato Diocesan School for Girls.

Augmented by an invitation to the Royal School of Church Music there will be about 140 voices performing Faure's Requiem at the St Paul's Collegiate chapel on October 14th at 7:30pm. Civic recently made CityNews with the announcement of an 'out of the blue' invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall in April 2018.

The recent reviews of the Choir have been so very positive that persuading the secondary school choirs to join in with this concert was an easy affair.

Musical Director Tim Carpenter says "Faure wrote the Reqiuem with a deliberate break from the tradition of the Mass. He composed the Pie Jesu movement as a replacement for the usual Dies irae, but using the text relating to eternal rest from the Dies irae. He also substituted the normal liturgy text for the burial sequence in In Paradisum.

Faure wanted to create a sense of deep faith in the peace of eternal rest." The piece is accompanied by a chamber orchestra, harp and organ making the St Paul's Collegiate chapel the ideal venue. Faure wrote for soprano and bass soloists, the Choir will be proudly working with well known Waikato soloists Ian Campbell and Hannah Bryant.

There is a special connection with the schools as both Campbell and Bryant teach at each of the schools. The concert is a great opportunity for the students to experience the excellence of their teachers displaying their craft at professional level, truly inspirational.

The orchestra has been handpicked by Tim and is the beginning of a group, known for the moment as the Civic Players with Assistant Musical Director Francis Cowan playing a central role.

Each of the school choirs will present their own work in 15 minute segments and Civic Choir will bring the Barber Agnus Dei to the stage, another well known work requiring superb control. Carpenter says he's very proud of who this 'rainbow of voices' concert is coming together and look out for a bit of an upbeat finale - our 'secret sauce'.

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