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A service of Remembrance

At 4pm on Sunday 10 November 2019, Ely Sinfonia will be accompanying the boys, girls and lower voices of Ely Cathedral choir in a Solemn Requiem Eucharist.  The setting of the Requiem is by Gabriel Fauré.

Gabriel Fauré composed his Requiem Mass in D minor, Op. 48, between 1887 and 1890. The choral-orchestral setting of the shortened Catholic Mass for the Dead in Latin is the best-known of his large works. Its focus is on eternal rest and consolation. Fauré’s reasons for composing the work are unclear, but do not appear to have had anything to do with the death of his parents in the mid-1880s. He composed the work in the late 1880s and revised it in the 1890s, finishing it in 1900.

In seven movements, the work is scored for soprano and baritone soloists, mixed choir, (orchestra) and organ. Different from typical Requiem settings, the full sequence Dies irae is omitted, replaced by the section ‘Pie Jesu’. The final movement ‘In Paradisum’ is based on a text that is not part of the liturgy of the funeral mass but of the burial.

Fauré wrote of the work, ‘Everything I managed to entertain by way of religious illusion I put into my Requiem, which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest.’ The piece premiered in its first version in 1888 in La Madeleine in Paris for a funeral mass.

Shostakovich’s 2nd piano concerto, Mozart’s 29th and Beethoven’s 7th Symphony – a glorious celebration of Ely Sinfonia’s 20th anniversary!

For the celebration of its twentieth anniversary, Ely Sinfonia welcomed back its long-standing friend, Martin Roscoe, one of the UK’s best loved piano soloists.  A prolific recitalist and chamber musician, Martin has performed all over the world with eminent conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder and Christoph von Dohnányi.   The only fitting description of the concert is “A triumph”.

The concert began with Mozart’s graceful and energetic 29th symphony, written when he was just 18 years old. This was followed by the piano concerto, which received a standing ovation.  After the interval, we played Beethoven’s magnificent Symphony No 7,  which the audience thoroughly enjoyed – we played it at a cracking pace, but the orchestra rose to the challenge.

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MAGNIFICENT VERDI’S REQUIEM, SATURDAY 4TH MAY

“No wonder that Verdi’s Requiem is performed so often. This night…we were treated to all the emotionally-packed aria-like melodic material that we know and love from Verdi’s operas, while at the same time, these amazing musicians drew every ounce of religious fervour, excitement and reverence from the score.”

An extract from the review by local music critic Rosemary Westwell of our performance of Verdi’s Requiem on Saturday 4th May.  It really was an amazing experience for us all, orchestra, singers and audience alike. To take part in this exquisite work in the awesome surroundings of Ely Cathedral was a real privilege.  To read the full review, click here.

Ely Sinfonia Orchestral Workshop 2020

The 2020 orchestral workshop, open to players of a standard of Grade 5 and above who would like tot get the opportunity to spend a day playing with the orchestra, will be on January 5th 2020 in Ely. The study piece? Rachmaninov’s spectacular 2nd Symphony! For more information, visit the Workshop page.


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