Concerts

Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle

EVENT POSTONED
 
We have taken the difficult decision to postpone our Rossini concert on Saturday 16 May.
 
We’re so disappointed to have to cancel, as our choir members have been working so hard at rehearsals and we were so excited to showcase this beautiful piece. But the safety and wellbeing of our choir members and of people in our audience, who support the choir, needs to take precedence.
We’ve provisionally rescheduled for:

Thursday 22 October, 7.30pm (doors at 7pm)
St Andrew Holborn.

Constanza Chorus performs Rossini’s wonderful and uplifting Petite Messe Solennelle, with piano and harmonium alongside soloists Katherine Crompton, Carris Jones, Thomas Elwin and Edward Grint.

Following a hugely successful career as an opera composer, Rossini retired to Paris, where he moved in fashionable Parisian circles and hosted musical salons for which he composed chamber music he referred to as his “péchés de vieillesse” (sins of old age). This mass, which he described as the last of his sins of old age, seems to be a culmination of Rossini’s musical life: at one moment it is a salon chamber work, the next a grand opera, and then an oratorio of heart-felt religiosity.