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Choral Workshop 2022
Rossini
Petite Messe Solennelle
Saturday 29 January 2022
St Mary’s Church, Bathwick
9.30am–5.00pm

Our choral workshop on 29 January 2022 was a fun and rewarding day of singing together under the masterful direction of Nigel Perrin. Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle is neither little nor solemn, but rather 90 minutes of flamboyant joy in Rossini’s inimitable operatic style, including two long fugues which surge forward with great energy, spirit and vitality. Rossini later scored the mass for full orchestra but always preferred it as we sang it, with the accompaniment of solo piano. During the day, we took the movements apart, studied them and put them all back together again, with the help of four professional soloists:

Johanna Harrison soprano
Cassandra Dalby mezzo-soprano
Oliver Chubb tenor
Samuel Oram baritone



Rossini
Petite Messe Solennelle
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.

Nigel Perrin conductor
Marcus Sealy piano
Mark Wood harmonium

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