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Beckenham Chorale – Puccini and Mozart
Saturday 18th June 2016 at 8:00 pm

MOZART Requiem

PUCCINI Messa di Gloria                                                                

Puccini’s Crisantemi (orchestral)


Rachel Crisp Soprano

Martha McLorinan Alto

Alistair Digges Tenor

Dingle Yandell Bass

Conductor Adam Treadaway

Tickets (including programme) £14* and £11* for numbered seats (*£1 discount for advance booking) and £8 for un-numbered seats.

We regret that tickets for this concert are not available to the general public from this website, the Parish Office or The Beckenham Bookshop. Please follow this link to buy on-line or find out how to obtain tickets. (Friends of the Arts at St. George’s tickets may only obtain tickets from the Parish Office.)

The Chorale will re-visit two favourite works which over the years have played a prominent role in its programmes.

The story of Mozart’s Requiem must be one of the more intriguing to be encountered in the history of music: of how, in the final months of his life, he was mysteriously commissioned to write it on behalf of an eccentric count whose intention – it is believed – was to pass it off as his own work in memory of his late wife; how Mozart died before being able to finish it and his widow, to safeguard his fee, arranged to have it completed by other hands; how the bulk of this work was undertaken by Mozart’s confidant Franz Xaver Süssmayr, resulting in what has remained the most performed version, despite several more recent attempted ‘completions’; and how, notwithstanding its patchwork nature, it continues to be acknowledged as one of the great monuments of the sacred choral repertory.

Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, by contrast, is an early work, dating from its composer’s student days at the former Lucca Conservatoire.   Apparently neglected following its 1880 première it was ‘re-discovered’ and published only after the Second World War.   Although youthful it reveals Puccini as an already assured composer with a fund of melody and expressive lyricism at his command, and there is no mistaking the fledgling master of opera at work.   Puccini evidently set sufficient store by the work to quote from it more than once in later years, notably in Edgar in 1889 and Manon Lescaut in 1893.

The orchestra will also perform Puccini’s Crisantemi, an elegy for strings which he composed in a single night in 1890 in memory of his friend the Duke of Aosta.   (In some countries, including Italy, chrysanthemums are associated with mourning.)   Both of the main themes of this piece are also quoted in Puccini’s opera Manon Lescaut.


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