Yorkshire Voices – Missa Solemnis
- Leeds Town Hall – 11 June 2016, 7.00 pm.
In 2008, two of the finest choirs in the North of England, namely ‘The Harrogate Choral Society’ and ‘The Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir’ set aside their rivalries and came together to form ‘Yorkshire Voices’.
In a memorable night in Leeds Town Hall they performed the towering masterpiece which is Verdi’s Requiem. So successful was this partnership that they followed it up a year later, to great acclaim, with Sir Karl Jenkins’ ‘The Armed Man’ and David Fanshawe’s idiosyncratic ‘African Sanctus’.
Having individually gone from strength to strength in the ensuing period, the two choirs will combine again as ‘Yorkshire Voices’ on 11th June 2016, in Leeds Town Hall to present Beethoven’s ‘Missa Solemnis’.
The Missa Solemnis is generally considered one of the composer’s supreme achievements and stands alongside Bach’s B Minor Mass as one of the most significant settings.
It requires a quartet of impressive soloists, a substantial chorus and a full orchestra. The work is physically and technically exacting and requires virtuosity of each participating element. The difficulty of the piece combined with the resources required, means it is not often performed by amateur or semi-professional ensembles. Not surprising then that it is over 13 years since a performance of this work has been presented in Leeds Town Hall.
That, however, is about to change, the challenge has been accepted by ‘Yorkshire Voices’ with the Manchester Camarata and soloists - Sarah Fox (Soprano), Melanie Marshall (Mezzo), Ben Thapa (Tenor) & David Soar (Bass) all under the masterful baton of Dr Andrew Padmore, who is the resident Musical Director of both choirs.
Come and experience a really significant musical evening.
Tickets can be booked through this website which will take you directly to the City Centre Box Office.
Otherwise please contact The City Centre Box Office, The Carriageworks, Leeds. 0113 3760318.