No sooner were the decorations packed away from their near sell-out Christmas concert than the Thetford Singers turned their attention to their programme of music for the Easter term. Typically, the choir returns to its classical roots for the spring, and this year is no exception, with the Singers to perform Mozart’s Requiem at their upcoming concert on Saturday 31st March at St. Cuthbert’s Church on Well Street, Thetford.
Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful and enigmatic pieces of music ever composed,the Requiem Mass is one of Mozart’s most popular and respected works. The piece was commissioned by an Austrian nobleman to commemorate the anniversary of his wife’s death. However, it is now infinitely associated with the composer’s own death, it having been Mozart’s final composition, left unfinished at the time of his death in 1791 and later completed by others.
The choir will be accompanied in the Requiem by organist Adrian Marple and string players from the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra (NSO). This is a reunion of sorts for both groups, the NSO having been formed 41 years ago by Pip Jepson and her late husband; Pip was then lead violinist, but is now pianist for the Thetford Singers. The choir will also be joined in the performance by soloists from the Morley Consort of Voices.