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Determine ensemble convey Requiems by Fauré and Charpentier to Union Chapel


Figure performing in November 2021 under founder and Musical Director, Frederick Waxman
Determine performing in November 2021 beneath founder and Musical Director, Frederick Waxman

After a sold-out efficiency of Handel’s Serse at Opera Holland Park, progressive historic efficiency ensemble Determine return bringing a programme of French Requiems to North London’s Union Chapel on 12 November 2022. 

This night of Reflection and Remembrance will see sacred choral music by Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) and Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704) interspersed by poetry and prose learn by BBC Radio 3’s Donald Macleod. Determine, beneath their founder and Musical Director, Frederick Waxman, can be joined by soloists Rowan Pierce (soprano) and Ashley Riches (bass-baritone).

While Fauré’s Requiem is a agency favorite, with the bittersweet ‘Pie Jesu’ at its coronary heart, Charpentier’s sacred music is heard all too not often. The ‘requiem’ introduced on this live performance sees Charpentier’s Messe pour les trépassés (Mass for the departed) paired along with his Prose des morts (a setting of the Dies Irae). Collectively they kind a robust musical journey, starting from the fiery wrath of the Dies Irae at its centre, to the plaintive lamentations which open and shut the mass. With echoes of Monteverdi’s celebrated Vespers of 1610, this music will depart an enduring impression and supply fascinating context to Fauré’s Requiem, additionally written in Paris some 200 years later.

Determine’s founder and Musical Director, Frederick Waxman on Reflection and Remembrance

“As an historic efficiency ensemble, we’re all the time pondering of how to honour the music’s unique setting. These requiems by Fauré and Charpentier had been written for and first-performed as a part of Christian funeral companies, and they also weren’t supposed to be carried out as live performance works, performed from begin to end, however damaged up by formal phrases or private reflections. So, though this efficiency is being held in a church, it isn’t an act of worship. Nevertheless, by performing these works of sacred music alongside poetry and prose, we’re hoping not solely to create an area for listeners to come across and ponder themes comparable to mortality, bereavement, and life after dying, but additionally to supply a church-like expertise: considered one of stillness, solemnity, poignancy. These requiems might have been written in reminiscence of departed souls in by-gone eras, however they’re nonetheless able to bringing us nice consolation, steering and even pleasure, in addition to providing us a chance to interact with the slightly troublesome, by pervasive matter of loss.”

Shaped within the wake of the pandemic, a time when reside music had nearly evaporated, Determine has been formed by the overwhelming need to convey music again to reside audiences. Prioritising intimacy in efficiency and the human connection which lends music a lot of its which means, Determine goals to marry the 2 by utilizing house and lightweight to convey audiences as near their work as potential. Determine goals to supply extra than simply concert events, however experiences, in addition to enhancing entry to Classical music by taking it out of conventional venues and providing reduced-price tickets.

historical performance ensemble Figure return bringing a programme of French Requiems to North London's Union Chapel

For extra particulars and tickets (together with an Below 30s supply and Concessions for college students, beneath 18s, and anybody unwaged, unemployed or scuffling with the price of residing) please go to the Union Chapel web site.

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