Parliamentary concert to commemorate the 1918 Armistice: Mozart – ‘Mass in C Minor’

31 Oct 2018
Westminster Hall, Palace of Westminster, London SW1A 0AA

Parliament will commemorate the centenary of the Armistice which ended the First World War with a landmark event in Westminster Hall at the Houses of Parliament.

The United Kingdom Parliament and German Bundestag Choirs will perform together in one of the world’s most historic settings. They will be accompanied by Southbank Sinfonia, the Parliament Choir’s regular musical partners.

The concert will feature Mozart’s beautiful Mass in C Minor and will be conducted by Simon Over, the Parliament Choir’s Founder-Conductor and Music Director of Southbank Sinfonia.

  • Simon Over – Conductor
  • The Parliament Choir
  • The Bundestag Choir
  • Southbank Sinfonia

Tickets are priced at £15, £25, £30 and £35 (plus booking fee), and sold via Eventbrite

Please note that the concert is now sold out and there is a waiting list on Eventbrite.

A souvenir programme will be provided free of charge, but attendees are invited to make a donation to support the charitable work of the Parliament Choir which provides bursaries to young musicians.

We look forward to welcoming you to Westminster Hall for this historic event.

Soraya Mafi

Alison Rose

Gwilym Bowen

Gareth Brynmor John

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Come along from 1pm to take part in free fun activities throughout the foyer – including a look at props and costumes, wigs and make-up demonstrations , meet the musicians and face-painting – lots to learn about the behind-the-scenes world of Welsh National Opera and prizes to be won too.

Then, take your seats for the fun and informal concert as the WNO Orchestra and soloists will guide you through a selection of familiar orchestral music from the world of opera, film and popular culture.

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The world premiere performance of Stanford’s Mass Via Victrix will be given at the BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff on 27 October. The soloists will be Kiandra HowarthJessica Dandy, Ruairi Bowen and Gareth Brynmor John. The BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales will be conducted by Adrian Partington. It has yet to be announced whether the concert will be broadcast live or recorded for future transmission.
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Holywell Music Room

Holywell St

Alison Rose (Soprano)
Gareth Brynmor John (Baritone)
Florent Mourier (Pianist)
Presented in association with the National Opera Studio, with the generous support of the Nicholas John Trust.

Between 1791 and 1917 there existed in eastern Poland and western Russia a vast area known as the Pale of Settlement, created by Catherine the Great in an attempt to squeeze Jews out of her Empire. While financial poverty dominated, musical life was maintained and even blossomed. This concert, given by artists of the National Opera Studio, will shine a light on this little-known yet rich heritage of Yiddish art song.

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Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea
William Vann 
director and piano
Gareth John 

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Launching two new recordings from Albion Records: Earth and Sky: choral premières and A Vaughan Williams Christmas
Works to include: Five Mystical Songs, Valiant for Truth, Greensleeves and many more songs and arrangements by Vaughan Williams.
All seats unreserved: £20 including a glass of wine or soft drink at the interval. 7pm start.

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Based on Leo Tolstoy’s novel, the narrative of War and Peace follows the tribulations of Russian society as Napoleon edges closer to the country’s borders.

The spirited Natasha and her betrothed Andrei find their young love is challenged by temptation, while Pierre, an idealistic nobleman, wants to change Russian life for the better. As their fates intertwine during the 1812 invasion they find their stories unfold during a time when Russian lives would change forever.

David Pountney’s new production will be as ambitious and epic in scale as the novel itself. The huge set, video projections and stunning costumes portray the grandeur of Russian society in the 1800s. WNO Music Director Tomáš Hanus will conduct a unique performing version of the score, based on Katya Ermolaeva and Rita McAllister’s new critical edition of Prokofiev’s original, complete with opulent dances and arias, and stirring melodies.

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MOZART ‘Madamina, il catalogo e questo’ from Don Giovanni
MOZART ‘Soava sia il vento’ from Cosi fan Tutte
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Soraya Mafi Soprano
Rowan Pierce Soprano
Gwilym Bowen Tenor
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Anghiari Festival Chorus
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