Proms 2022
20 Aug 2021, Royal Albert Hall
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Proms 2021 Mozart’s Requiem

Prom 23
Mozart’s Requiem
19:30 Fri 20 Aug 2021 Royal Albert Hall
The first of our now-revealed Mystery Proms is the Britten Sinfonia and National Youth Chamber Choir who will perform Mozart’s final choral masterpiece, his Requiem, preceded by jewel-like excerpts from stage-works by Jean-Philippe Rameau.
The first of our now-revealed Mystery Proms is the Britten Sinfonia and National Youth Chamber Choir who will perform Mozart’s final choral masterpiece, his Requiem, preceded by jewel-like excerpts from stage-works by Jean-Philippe Rameau.

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‘Didn’t I tell you that I composed the Requiem for myself?’ Mozart may (or may not) have spoken those words on his death bed, but his choral masterpiece, the Requiem, commissioned by a mysterious cloaked figure, certainly offers a transfiguring experience. Written in the last month of Mozart’s life, it contrasts the fear of death with radiant hope and balances dark drama with sublime simplicity. It’s sung tonight by a cast of rising-star soloists, joined by some of the UK’s most talented young voices, the National Youth Chamber Choir. As a prelude, the concert’s first half includes a short symphony by Mozart’s contemporary Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges – the first composer of African ancestry to make waves in Europe – and a selection of dances, arias and storm-evocations drawn from operas by Jean-Philippe Rameau, the leading music-dramatist of this day.

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