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Sat, 29 Oct


Tewkesbury Abbey

Mozart Requiem - Cheltenham Choral Society/ Göttinger Stadtkantorei

Mozart Requiem - Cheltenham Choral Society/ Göttinger Stadtkantorei

Time & Location

29 Oct 2022, 19:30 BST

Tewkesbury Abbey, Church Street, Tewkesbury GL20 5RZ, UK

About the event

Cheltenham Bach Choir opens its 2022-23 season with a performance of Mozart’s Requiem in Tewkesbury Abbey on Saturday October 29, 2022.  For this concert, it will be joined by itstwin choir, the Göttinger Stadtkantorei, from Göttingen – Cheltenham’s twin town in Germany. The two choirs generally meet to sing together every two years, but the Covid pandemic has meant that this will be the first reunion since 2018.

As well as the requiem, the choirs will perform a more contemporary work, the Sunrise Mass by the popular Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo. They will be accompanied by Regency Sinfonia, with the choirs’ music directors conducting one work each.

The Göttinger Stadtkantorei and Cheltenham Bach Choir (CBC)have exchanged visits roughly every two years since the 1950s, interrupted only by Covid.  These exchanges form one of the most active and long-standing elements of the twinning between the two towns.

Around 35-40 visiting singers are mostly hosted in the homes of the receiving choir's members, and the choirs join forces to perform a large-scale concert as the climax of each trip.

David Crown, Music Director of Cheltenham Bach Choir said:“Cheltenham Bach Choir is delighted to welcome the Göttinger Stadtkantorei back for its first visit since the pandemic. There are few better ways to celebrate two such fantastic choirs coming together than with Mozart’s Requiem. This performance with massed voices, top young soloists and the Regency Sinfonia promises to be very special.

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