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Reading Haydn Choir - Autumn Concert

Faure's Requiem; Haydn's Little Organ Mass


Reading Haydn Choir’s autumn concert, at St Joseph's College, Upper Redlands Road Reading RG1 5JT, features two choral works from the 18th and the 19th centuries.

The Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo, or ‘Little Organ Mass’, composed around 1775, has been described as one of Joseph Haydn’s most charming small-scale works. It takes its name from the extended organ solo in the ‘Benedictus’ and is scored for mixed choir, small orchestra and soprano soloist.

Our main work, Gabriel Faure’s ‘Requiem’, which includes the beautiful ‘Pie Jesu’ and ‘In Paradisum’, is currently No.58 in Classic FM’s top 300. Composed in the 1880s and first performed in Paris, it was not performed in England until 1936.  It is now, however, an established favourite with choirs and audiences alike.  Scored for mixed choir, orchestra, baritone and soprano soloists, its focus is on eternal rest for the dead and consolation for the bereaved.

The Choir will be performing these works with a small orchestra, baritone and soprano soloists at St Joseph’s College, the choir’s favourite venue.  As well as the choral works there’ll be some short, engaging orchestral pieces for you to enjoy. We look forward to seeing you there.