Welsh Choral

Liverpool Welsh Choral: Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle

Saturday, 30 March 2019 Time: 7.30pm

NB: This concert will take place in the Great Hall at Liverpool Hope University's Creative Campus, 17 Shaw Street, Liverpool L6 1HP.


Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle

Verdi: Pater Noster

Mozart: Sonata in D for 2 pianos- 1st movement



Liverpool Welsh Choral

Conductor: Keith Orrell

Piano: Stephen Hargreaves and Robert Woods

Harmonium: Jonathan Bowden

Soprano: Catrin  Woodruff

Alto: Charlotte Badham

Tenor: Matt Mears

Bass/baritone: James Berry


Rossini had been retired from writing opera for thirty years when this mass was written. It was the last of what he called his ‘sins of old age’, comprising 13 volumes of music. The mass was not written for a church performance but for a lavish Parisian salon, hence the scoring of just two pianos and harmonium. The manuscript is annotated by the composer: ‘Good God; there we have it – complete – this poor little Mass. Is it really sacred music, or is it really abominable music? I was born for Opera Buffa as well thou knowest. A little skill, a little heart, and that is all. Be blessed then and grant me Paradise.’

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