CONCERT REVIEW: Todmorden Orchestra and Todmorden Choral Society: Mozart’s Requiem Mass and Haydn’s Nelson Mass – Todmorden Town Hall – 29th April 2023


Conducted by Antony Brannick, with soloists Rebecca Moon, Phoebe Watts, Michael Vincent Jones and Theodore Murphy-Jelley, Todmorden’s orchestra and choral society performed two eighteenth-century works, which despite their formal structure conveyed powerful emotions.

Haydn’s mass reflects the European war going on at the time. It includes a “Sanctus” section with a beautiful cloudy effect, and concludes with an appeal for peace.

Mozart’s requiem ranges from powerful to quiet but effective, and finishes hopefully.

The choir, orchestra and soloists gave an accomplished performance of these demanding works, and left the audience delighted.

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