Mozart’s magic to casts its spell
Mozart’s jubilant ‘Coronation Mass’ is coupled with his final masterpiece, the Requiem for our spring concert, ‘Magical Mozart’ at The Hawth Theatre, on Saturday 6th April 2019 at 7.30pm. The concert will be supporting St Catherine’s Hospice, a local charity, known for providing expert hospice care for the East Surrey and West Sussex community.
The concert will be led by our Musical Director Samuel Hayes, with soloists Charlotte Mobbs (soprano), Janet Shell (mezzo-soprano), Paul Austin-Kelly (tenor) and Njabulo Madlala (baritone) with The Phoenix Sinfonia.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) is regarded as one of the finest composers in the history of western music as well as one of the prolific, with over 600 works to his name before his untimely death at the age of 35 years. His inspiration was often described as ‘divine’ as his output excelled in all fields of music from sonatas to full scale opera.
A famous child prodigy, Mozart had been looking to kick-start his adult career in 1778 with a court position within a prestigious city like Paris or Munich. Instead, he was forced back to his hometown, Salzburg and it autocratic Archbishop, who wanted an impossibly compact Mass to fill the local cathedral with sounds of grandeur. The result was a Choral Mass that sparkled with triumphant majesty yet was only 30 minutes long. It soon became the popular choice for royal and imperial coronations in Vienne, acquiring the name ‘Coronation Mass’.
The Requiem on the other hand was Mozart’s final masterpiece with its beginnings shrouded in mystery as Mozart was commissioned to write it at the request of a wealthy but anonymous patron. Despite all efforts, the work was unfinished at the time of his death and it was left to his student, Franz Süssmayr to complete the commission. What remains is a fitting testament to Mozart’s genius; written with his demise in mind and a profoundly intense and personal experience for every listener and performer alike, moving between dramatic angst and sublime beauty. It remains one of the most well-known and loved pieces of classical music as featured in the Oscar-winning ‘Amadeus’ and Kubrick’s ‘Eyes Wide Shut’.
There will be a collection at the end of the concert in support of St Catherine’s Hospice and their highly esteemed work in providing care and support to those living with a terminal illness within the local community.
Tickets available from: The Hawth Theatre or 01293 553636 or via the Hawth Box Office.
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