Henley Choral Society Invites You to Brahms Requiem Workshop and Concert

Henley Choral Society is putting on a one-day Workshop on Brahms German Requiem at St Mary’s Church, Henley on Saturday 9 October finishing with a concert for the audience at 5.00pm.

The Workshop takes place from 10.30pm until 5.00pm with breaks and lunch. At 5.00pm there will be a complete performance of Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem to which audience members are invited. The workshop will be conducted by Musical Director of Henley Choral Society, Peter Asprey. Joining him are Hilary Cronin, soprano and Hugo Herman-Wilson, baritone.  Chair of Henley Choral Society Tim Wilson explains, “We would love to have singers coming from far and wide to experience this wonderful work with our brilliant Musical Director Peter Asprey, and world-class soloists and accompanists. For anyone thinking of joining HCS it’s a great chance to check us out. There are also tickets available for the performance at 5.00pm.”

Awarded the Driver Prize for Excellence in Performance and a Semi-Finalist in the 2020 Kathleen Ferrier Awards, Hilary Cronin  trained at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She has toured with Dunedin Consort, Arcangelo, and the Chamber Choir of London and worked with The Marian Consort, Fieri Consort, Choir of the Age of Enlightenment, Ora Singers, Britten Sinfonia Voices. She is a member of vocal ensembles St Martin’s Voices, Seraphim, and Echo.

Hugo Herman-Wilson studied at the Royal College of Music, winning the Audience Prize in the 2017 Somerset Song Prize, and was a Britten-Pears Young Artist for 2017, 2018 and 2019. Recent highlights include roles with Opera Undone at Trafalgar Studios, in British Youth Opera’s production of Scoring a Century, Micha (cover) in The Bartered Bride as a Garsington Opera Alvarez Young Artist and a recital of songs and duets for the Aldeburgh Festival. Hugo is a member of the Glyndebourne Chorus for their 2021 season.

Tim Wilson continues, “Previous choral workshops on works by Verdi, Bach and Mozart have been incredibly popular. We can’t decide if local choirs and singers come for the brilliant music-making or the excellent home-made cakes our members provide – I hope it is both! Another aspect of interest is that regular Henley Choral Society accompanist, David Smith, and Henley Youth Choir accompanist, Anita D’Attellis will be delivering the complex choreography required of Brahm’s own arrangement of the Requiem for one piano, four hands. The choral society will be following the coronavirus protocols required by St Mary’s to create a safe environment and further details are provided when booking.  Tim Wilson concludes, “We can’t wait to welcome singers and an audience for the performance element.”

Tickets are £10.00 for the Workshop, £5.00 for audience tickets for the performance at 5.00pm. Score hire also available. More details and buy tickets www.henleychoralsociety.org.uk