Bath Bach Choir

Bath Bach Choir performs

Rossini’s Petite Messe Solonelle

Nigel Perrin conductor
Marcus Sealy piano
Mark Wood harmonium

Johanna Harrison soprano
Cassandra Dalby mezzo-soprano
Chris Why tenor
Samuel Oram baritone

Saturday 26 March 2022
7.30pm
St Mary & St Nicholas, Wilton
To kickstart our 75th anniversary programme in 2022, we are bringing to life a lesser-known choral masterpiece: Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle. This mass is neither little nor solemn as its name suggests, but rather 90 minutes of flamboyant joy in Rossini’s inimitable operatic style, including two extended fugues which surge forward with unstoppable energy, spirit and vitality. Rossini’s notes in the original score specified that there should be 12 singers of three sexes to perform it: ‘men, women and castrati.’ He later scored the mass for full orchestra but always preferred it as we will perform it, with the more intimate accompaniment of solo piano and harmonium. We have chosen the appropriately Italianate Romanesque basilica of St Mary & St Nicholas in Wilton, near Salisbury, for the performance – an irresistible setting for this stupendous piece of melody-making.

This performance will run to approximately 90 minutes, with no interval.

Tickets £22 & £17 unreserved within four sections of the church.
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