07.11.12 7.00pm, The Wren Chapel, The Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4SR; £20 individual ticket £75 series ticket for all 5 concerts

In Paradisum : Choral Music for Remembrance

William Vann conductor
Aoife Miskelly soprano
David Stout baritone
Hannah Bishop trumpet

The RHC Concerts, now in its 9th year, offers a unique opportunity to enjoy music in the remarkable and historical Royal Hospital Chelsea when the magnificent Wren Chapel will resonate to the sound of classical and choral music.

The commemoration of Remembrance Day is of particular importance to the Royal Hospital and this choral concert, in which the Chapel Choir and Organ Scholar are joined by soprano Aoife Miskelly, baritone David Stout and trumpeter Hannah Bishop, features music for Remembrance. Fauré’s Requiem is one of the most celebrated settings of the mass for the dead and it includes the beautiful yet poignant setting of the Pie Jesu. Threaded throughout the movements of the Requiem are other choral works on the theme of remembrance, death, and the afterlife, including John Ireland’s hugely powerful Greater love and works by the eminent English choral writers Bairstow, Stanford, Vaughan Williams and Howells (his Take him earth, for cherishing, composed after the death of John F. Kennedy). The playing of the Last post as part of 11th November services has made the trumpet a famous symbol of Remembrance and we hear it feature as a symbol of the resurrection in The trumpet shall sound from Handel’s Messiah. The evening ends with the stunning soprano solo Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit from Brahms’s own Requiem and, finally, David Bowerman’s arrangement of Elgar’s Nimrod,
concluding, fittingly, with the Last post itself.

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