A perennial favourite from singers

FAURÉ’S perennially popular setting of the Requiem, in John Rutter’s reworking of the original scoring, is performed by the Sterndale Singers at St Marie’s RC Cathedral, Norfolk Row a week on Saturday, March 12.

In complete contrast, also getting a performance is James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross, in many ways one of his uncompromising works despite its obvious spirituality deriving from his deep-rooted Catholicism.

Robert Webb, the Sterndale Singers’ conductor, says: “Describing the music of the seven movements in any detail is frustrating and nigh on impossible.

“Whilst there are obvious ‘intellectual’ comments one can make about individual passages and constructions, the music as a whole defies description; it provokes more of an emotional feeling than a discussion. Listening to the work is more of an experience than mere music.”

Robert is a little concerned that the concert coincides with weekend of the Liberal Democrat Party Conference at the City Hall – the date was fixed before realisation dawned, otherwise it would have been avoided. However, assurances have come from the police that St Marie’s is outside the exclusion area and have said that their aim is to allow events outside it to go ahead.

The concert begins at 7.30pm and tickets at £9, £6 concessions and £3 for students will be available on the door.