Hastings Philharmonic Choir

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THE choir has just resumed rehearsals after the Christmas break and is preparing for the next concert on April 26.

The programme includes Cherubini’s Requiem Mass in C Minor, first performed in 1816 in memory of the execution of Louis XVIth, when it was a huge success.

Beethoven considered Cherubini to be the greatest of his contemporaries and he was also admired by Schumann and Brahms.

The evening will also include three works by Brahms. Song of Destiny (Schicksalslied) from 1871, as a choral piece, is second only to his great Requiem in popularity. Song of the Fates (Gesang der Parzen) was first performed in 1882.

This is a rare opportunity to experience a live performance of the latter, although it is often recorded. The third Brahms masterpiece, the Violin Concerto, is considered one of the four great German concertos for violin.

The choir meets at the Tabernacle in Cambridge Road at 7.15pm on Wednesdays, and new members are very welcome. For more information call 01424 431442, visit the website at www.hastingsphilchoir.org.uk or just turn up and join in.