Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle: UEA Choir Concert

  • Date: Wed 28th Mar 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Location: St Andrew's Hall / Norwich
  • Contact: Alex Carlson / [email protected] / 01603 593948


UEA Choir, under the direction of UEA Choirmaster Tom Primrose, warmly invite you to join them for a large-scale performance of Rossini’s magnificent Petite Messe Solennelle, on Saturday 28 April at 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich.

One of his final completed works, Rossini wrote the Petite Messe Solennelle more than thirty years after his last opera and referred to it as one of my last “sins of old age.” The title is somewhat misleading: the word petite probably refers to the comparatively small ensemble forces: the original scoring calls for two pianos and harmonium. However, it also gives an indication of the spirit in which the piece is composed. The music is deeply personal and wonderfully intimate, a composer drawing on all the compositional faculties that made him so popular decades before: his unequalled skill for melody writing can be seen in its exquisite arias, duets and trios, and his keen sense of dramatic pace is exhibited to the full in the riveting large-scale choruses.

UEA Choir will be joined in their performance by award-winning soloists Jenny Stafford (soprano), Claire Barnett-Jones (mezzo-soprano), Adam Temple-Smith (tenor) and Dan D’Souza (baritone), pianist Peter Foggitt and harmoniumist William Falconer.

Tickets for UEA Choir’s ‘Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle’ concert cost £4 – £12 and are available to purchase by phone or in person from St George’s Music Shop (01603 626414). Tickets are also available to purchase online from www.uea.ac.uk/music-centre/events/tickets.

For more information about the concert, visit www.uea.ac.uk/music-centre/events, email [email protected] or follow @UEAConcerts on Twitter.