Mozart’s Requiem

A Heart for Duns is organising a ‘Come and Sing’ of Mozart’s Requiem.

Mozart’s Requiem is one of the most famous choral works in the classical repertoire, as much for the mystery and intrigue surrounding his death and the completion of the last third of this work, as the hauntingly beautiful melodies and drama of the music. Mozart composed part of the Requiem in Vienna in late 1791, shortly before his death.

The weekend will follow the format of our previous events, with all-day rehearsals on Saturday 16 November, and an afternoon rehearsal and early evening performance on Sunday 17 November. For those who haven’t sung the Requiem before, we are planning two optional evening rehearsals on Wednesdays 6 and 13 November. The rehearsals and concert will be held in the Volunteer Hall, Duns.

Our choral weekend will be led by local conductor, Kit Hobkirk.

Singer tickets are £30 and scores are available to hire for £1 each. Audience tickets for the performance are £10. A soup and sandwich lunch is available for £5 each day.

Programme

Wednesday 6 November       7.30–9.30pm          Singing rehearsal             

Wednesday 13 November     7.30–9.30pm          Singing rehearsal             

Saturday 16 November         9.30–10.00am        Registration
                                                  10.00am–1.00pm & 2.00pm–5.00pm          Singing rehearsals
There will be breaks mid morning and mid afternoon for tea/coffee/biscuits. A soup and sandwich lunch will be served at 1.00pm. Pre-booking is essential.

Sunday 17 November           10.00am–1.00pm       Orchestra rehearsal
A soup and sandwich lunch will be served at 1.00pm. Pre-booking is essential.
                                                   2.00–5.00pm      Full rehearsal with orchestra, choir & soloists
                                                   5.00–6.00pm      Tea/coffee/cake
                                                               6.30pm      Concert

Booking

Please use the online booking form to reserve your place and complete payment for singers and audience tickets via Paypal. Audience tickets are also available from Nairn’s Newsagent in Duns.

Alternatively, to save Paypal transaction charges, please complete and email the print booking form to aheartforduns@gmail.com and pay by online banking. Payment should be made to A Heart for Duns, account no: 18116361, sort code 80-22-60. Be sure to include your name as the reference: e.g. G Dixon – Mozart.

Conductor and soloists

Following his education at St. Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh, where he became Head Chorister and then Cathedral Organ Scholar, Kit Hobkirk studied singing at the RSAMD in Glasgow and was a Foundation Scholar at the RCM in London. He has sung as tenor soloist with chamber orchestras and renowned conductors throughout Europe and has had an extensive career in opera, festivals and broadcasting. Kit was a Lay clerk in Salisbury cathedral choir for many years as well as teaching singing at the Godolphin School in Salisbury and at Bradfield College in Reading.  He conducted many ‘come and sing’ performances whilst in Hampshire. In October 2018 he moved to Abbey St Bathans. He currently works with the National Boys’ Choir of Scotland and the National Youth Choir of Scotland as tenor coach, a position he has held since 1997.

Our soloists will be:
Soprano:               Lorna Anderson
Mezzo-Soprano:  Susan Mackenzie-Park
Tenor:                   Matthew Mckinney
Bass:                      Arthur Bruce

Orchestra Leader: Claire Docherty