‘The vast orchestra with four bassoons and a great battery of percussion including three bass drums only just squeezed on to the stage. Placed at the four corners of the hall were four brass bands. When all these forces were unleashed, as in the Tuba Mirum, the effect was simply staggering.’ Daily Telegraph
‘Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts is a monster of a piece. Opening its season in style, the Philharmonia…joined forces with the excellent Gloucester and Bristol Choral Societies…’ London Evening Standard
‘Time passed, I found, in a state of purring delight. At the Royal Festival Hall, the impact was momentous …and the whole performance was as shattering as it was atmospheric – never more poetic that at the quiet close’ Sunday Times
If you’re after a sonic event with dynamic richness, emotional impact, ceremonial grandeur, and one of Europe’s outstanding lyric tenors, then this is for you.
A rare opportunity to hear one of choral music’s most astounding spectacles. A choir of over 200 and the outrageously fine Philharmonia Orchestra with 16 timpani, 16 trumpets, 16 trombones, 2 tubas and 4 rather rare ophicleides. Submerge yourself in the splendour of this remarkable piece of music, and experience that magical quality that only a live performance can give you.
If this is your first encounter – we envy you.
We are also performing at the Royal Festival Hall on 25th September – you can book tickets through the Southbank Centre