On the evening of March 17th 2018, St Michael and All Angels in Ledbury hosted a performance of Brahms German Requiem, sung in English by Cradley Singers under their musical director Kate Cheetham. The choir was ably accompanied on the piano by Sam Bayliss and Rob Pritchard sang the baritone solos. Elly Bosworth was sadly indisposed, and Lucy Bowen very kindly agreed to step in at very short notice to sing the soprano solos, which she accomplished most beautifully.
Brahms’ Requiem is an undoubted masterpiece of the Romantic era, based on texts from the Bible and Apocrypha rather than the traditional Latin mass for the dead. It is said to have been written by Brahms in memory of his mother, and features slow consoling movements as well as a number of rousing and difficult fugal numbers. Singing such a large-scale work was a big challenge for the choir, to which they rose on the night with power and precision.
Thanks are due to Rector Keith Hilton-Turvey and the Churchwardens for the use of a splendid venue.