As the moon dipped its reflection onto the shallows of the Thames on Friday 22nd March, 2019, the Hackney Singers, Lewisham Choral Society and the London Mozart Players gently pushed Brahms’ ‘Schiksalslied’ (‘Song of Destiny’) along its journey at the Royal Festival Hall on the Southbank.
This was followed by the extraordinary Nico de Villiers playing Schumann’s ‘Concerto in A minor for piano and orchestra’ to an enrapt audience.
Happy Anniversaries! 200 years ago Clara Schumann was born. She gave the premiere of her husband’s piano concerto. On 22 March @NicodeVPiano will play the concerto at @lewishamchorsoc & @HackneySingers concert – 10 years after he became LCS’s Assistant Director of Music. pic.twitter.com/bUCyWteOjr
— Martin Bull (@martinbull2802) 12 March 2019
After the interval, even more talent came on stage, with Elin Manahan Thomas (sop), Helen Meyerhoff (sop), Peter Davoren (tenor), and Philip Tebb (bass) joining the choirs and orchestra for the main event: Mozart’s ‘Great Mass’, the mass in C minor, K427.
In charge was Dan Ludford-Thomas, the musical director for both choirs, whose conducting filled the hall with energy, colour and excitement.
It was truly an amazing achievement for two armature choirs who meet every two years for a concert at the Royal Festival Hall.
— Elin Manahan Thomas (@elin_manahan) 22 March 2019