Spring concert Saturday March 24th 2018  7.30pm - Jenkins Requiem and
Hummel Mass in B flat

St. John's Church, Mortimer, RG7 3SY

Karl Jenkins is the UK's most popular contemporary composer, and one of Wales' most versatile and critically-acclaimed musicians. It is claimed that he is the most performed living composer in the world today.

The Requiem was first recorded and performed in 2005. As with all of his major works, it’s an unashamed melting pot of musical styles. It blends the European classical style with ethnic music from around the world, whilst at the same time preserving the pulsing energy derived from his early jazz and rock experience. The result is vibrant, exciting music that is accessible to all generations.

In keeping with tradition, Jenkins chose to set the traditional Latin text of the Requiem Mass. He makes a nod in the direction of the conventional, while still including a few surprises along the way, using Japanese haiku poems, which, just like the Latin text, focus on the subject of death.

In his day, Johann Nepomuk Hummel (b.Pressburg1778; d.Weimar1837) was highly respected as a composer and pianist. He has the distinction of being the only full time music student W.A. Mozart ever took on, having lived with the Mozart family for two years from 1786 to 1788.

The Masses of Johann Hummel are among some of the most important to be written at the turn of the 18th to the 19th century. The Mass in B Flat received exceptionally positive reviews in the contemporary musical press. The work made new demands on the strings and choir to produce a range of musical effects, from simple pastoral scenes to complex fugues rarely encountered at the time.