Prescot Festival Chorus met to rehearse Requiem last night – and they sounded every bit as heavenly as we’d expect in a performance of Gabriel Fauré’s classic choral work.
The choir have met every year since 2007 to perform works ranging from Handel’s Messiah to Haydn’s The Creation. The last few years, they’ve been privileged to performers under the direction of Philip Arkwright (pictured conducting the choir last year) of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. It’s always a fulfilling experience for singers to work with a professional conductor as talented, rigorous and personable as Philip.
The “massed choir” – people come from all over the North West for the occasion – is always made up of singers of a wide range of abilities and experience, and the occasion provides a real confidence boost for those perhaps not used to singing such technically demanding music.
They’ll meet again on Saturday afternoon before performing in an evening concert shared with Liverpool Harmonic Gospel Choir.
To whet your appetite, here’s a video of the Sanctus from a recent New York performance of the Requiem: