“A truly tremendous piece of art”: Huntingdonshire Philharmonic to perform Brahms' German Requiem

Press release date: 24 February, 2012

The Huntingdonshire Philharmonic will perform two of Brahms’ best loved works at their next concert on Saturday 24 March.

The Variations on a Theme by Haydn was an instant hit when it was first performed in 1873, and it marked the beginning of Brahms’ international reputation as an orchestral composer.

The opening theme, based on the Chorale St Antoni, is followed by eight charming variations and a stirring finale, giving the orchestra a real chance to sparkle.

The German Requiem was first heard in Bremen Cathedral on Good Friday 1868 before an audience of 2,500 and it soon became a firm favourite. Clara Schumann described the work as “a truly tremendous piece of art which moves the entire being in a way little else does”.

Brahms made the Requiem completely his own by taking his text from the German Lutheran Bible and compiling it himself, describing it as “a Requiem to comfort the living”. His powerful settings of the German text, ranging from the lyrical ‘How lovely are thy dwellings’ to the dramatic ‘sound of the last trumpet,’ still move and enthral us today.

The chorus and orchestra of the Hunts Phil, under the baton of Musical Director Adrian Brown, will be joined by soloists Rebecca Hodgetts and Laurence Meikle, both from the Royal Academy of Music. We are especially pleased to welcome back Laurence, whose performance in Mendelssohn’s Elijah in March 2011 delighted our audience.

The concert will be held at the Hinchingbrooke Performing Arts Centre, Huntingdon, on Saturday 24 March, beginning at 7.30pm. Tickets, £12 (students £6), are available from Anabel Capon on 07940 785980, by emailing and will also be available on the door.

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Contact: Jenny Robertshaw

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