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Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle

An Easter offering from South Chiltern Choral Society and Parenthesis Choir

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the concert (above) is POSTPONED.

Although there is postponement for reasons beyond our control, we hope to stage the concert in the future.  We will respect your ticket purchase for any new date, although we cannot guarantee in the current circumstances that the concert will take place at all.

We are a charity that has spent funds to stage the concert; therefore, we invite you to forgo the refund to which you are entitled.  However, if you would like a refund please advise us.

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Having written over 30 operas, Rossini retired at the age of 38 but then 30 years later produced one of his finest achievements - Petite messe solennelle ('little solemn mass').  Neither little or solemn according to Napoleon III, Rossini described this as his last ‘mortal sin of old age’.

To perform this joyous yet challenging piece, the South Chiltern Choral Society (SCCS) will be joining forces with the Parenthesis Choir plus acclaimed soloists (Isolde Roxby, Katie Coventry, Matthew Morgan, Theodore Platt) accompanied by Ian Westley on piano, Martin Jones on harmonium and conducted by Paul Burke, SCCS’s musical director.

The concert will take place on 4th April at The Great Hall, University of Reading, London Road, Reading, RG1 5AQ, starting at 7.30 pm.  The venue has free parking and wheelchair access.

Tickets are available via the choir’s website (  Adult tickets are £15 from the website; £17 on the door; concessions are available for under 21’s and Reading University students, please see for more details.