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Singers take on Verdi's dramatic challenge in cathedral

Friday, 4th May 2012.

Singers with Haverhill Choral Society are looking forward to one of the highspots for any choir tomorrow, when they perform Verdi's Requiem in St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

The society is joining forces with Sudbury Choral Society to make a choir of nearly 150 for this hugely dramatic favourite from the choral repertoire.

They will be joined by an orchestra of nearly 60 and four top soloists, with the concert being conducted jointly by the musical directors of the two societies, David Butcher of Sudbury who conducts the first half, and Jane Wright of Haverhill, who takes over after the interval.

Verdi, most famous for his blood-and-thunder operas, brought much of the same spirit to his setting of the Catholic Requiem Mass, and the brass forces will be massed in the orchestra and in the cathedral's organ loft to depict The Day of Judgement and the Last Trumpet, the go-to music for TV adverts and sports programmes when they are looking for something earth-shattering.

All reserved tickets for the performance, which starts at 7.30pm, have been sold, but unreserved tickets will be available on the door at 12.

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