Brahms' Requiem performed by Luminosa Choir

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A choir of men and women dressed in red perform in front of a seated audience

Alton-based choir, Luminosa, are thrilled to be performing the Brahms' Requiem for the first time in the Great Hall of the Maltings.

Traditionally a mass for the dead, this accessible Requiem was composed as a comfort for those left behind, written in secular German, rather than the usual Latin. While most requiem Masses focus on the idea of damnation and Christ’s suffering and death for our sins, Brahms’ Requiem pours light on redemption and the possibility of our salvation.

With scoring for one piano, four hands, the interplay of pianists, Adam Blosse and Valentina Seferinova, will be exciting to watch as well as an arresting percussive element to hear. The text and choral intensity will be at the heart of the concert, with talented solo performances from Ella de Jongh (Soprano) and Joe Chalmers (Baritone) in support.

Artistic Director and Conductor, Rebekah Abbott’s vision for the performance will be of the sustained pure, clear and radiant quality for which Luminosa is well-known.

In addition, the pianists will perform Debussy’s Petite Suite (1889), also written for piano, four hands, with wonderfully harmonic melodies and Impressionistic trademarks which, combined, are sublime.