Church of St Mary the Virgin, Chadley Lane, Godmanchester.
Huntingdonshire Philharmonic Choir and Players : French Choral Music
Fauré Requiem Dupré De Profundis Soprano Jessica Smith Tenor Joe Doody Bass Jonathan Midgley Organ Andrew Parnell Conductor Lee Dunleavy £15 adults, £5 students/children www.huntsphil.org.uk and on the door from 7pm.
Both Fauré and Dupré earned a living as accomplished organists and teachers, in addition to composing.
While the Fauré Requiem is a firm popular favourite work, the Duprè composition is relatively unknown. The first UK performance in its full orchestral version was in Ely Cathedral in May 2001, and in the following week in the chapel of The Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, by the Trinity College of Music Symphony Orchestra and Choir, and Ely Cathedral Choir, while that same year organist Jeremy Filsell and The Vasari Singers recorded the solo organ accompaniment version. Subsequently in 2011 the BBC Singers performed it on BBC Radio 3 along with the Fauré Requiem.
It is thought that Fauré composed the Requiem as a musical tribute to his father, who died in 1885, and he completed a 'first version' in 1888. He revised and expanded it over the years, and this concert features the 1893 version. This a serene, melodic, peaceful and non-sombre composition.
Dupré completed De Profundis in 1917, dedicated to the soldiers who died for France in the First World War. The work displays a range of expressive contrasts. The text, in Latin, is Psalm 130, with the addition at the end of the traditional requiem mass responsory ‘Requiem aeternum’ which brings to mind the Fauré.
Church of St Mary the Virgin, Chadley Lane, Godmanchester. PE29 2AW