Culwick Choral Society perfoms Rossini ‘Petite Messe solennelle’ – Sat. 18th Oct. ’14

The Culwick Choral Society presents

Rossini Petite messe solennelle

Christ Church Cathedral

When: Saturday, Oct. 18th, 2014 at 8pm

Tickets: €20 (€15 conc.)

Available here or at the door




Napoleon III is supposed to have said that rossini petite messe is neither little, nor solemn, nor especially liturgical in spirit.

Rossini seems to have agreed, addressing God in his inscription: €œGod – behold this poor little Mass – is it indeed music for the blest that I have just written? Or just some blessed music? Thou knowest well, I was born for comic opera. A little science, a little heart, that is all. Be merciful then, and let me into Paradise!  Can there be any doubt that the composer sailed easily through the Pearly Gates?

The Petite messe solennelle is a delightful fusion of Rossini‘s operatic flair with the depth and sincerity of his religious conviction. The Culwick Choral Society is proud to present this masterpiece – in Rossini‘s original version of 1864 for two pianos and harmonium -in the beautiful acoustic and surroundings of Christ Church Cathedral on Saturday October 18th at 8pm.

Under its conductor Bernie Sherlock, the Culwick is joined by four outstanding young soloists: Rachel Croash (soprano), Anne Marie Gibbons (mezzo-soprano), Mark Tilley (tenor) and Gavan Ring (bass). The important parts for organ and piano are taken by David Bremner, assistant organist at Christ Church Cathedral, and David Leigh, assistant organist at St Patrick‘s Cathedral and regular keyboard player with the RTE Concert Orchestra.


Rossini Petite messe solennelle

Christ Church Cathedral,

When: Saturday Oct 18th at 8pm
The Culwick Choral Society
Rachel Croash, soprano
Anne Marie Gibbons, mezzo-soprano
Mark Tilley, tenor
Gavan Ring, bass
David Bremner, organ
David Leigh, piano
Conductor, Bernie Sherlock

Tickets: €20 (€15 conc.)

Available here or at the door

For further information please contact the Hon. Secretary moc.liamg@larohckciwluc



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