Works Performed

Starting with Brahms’s Requiem in 1923, Salisbury Musical Society has performed a wide variety of choral works over the years.  Records from the pre-war period are incomplete but a full list of the choir’s concerts since 1948 is available

100th Anniversary Season : Handel

Four Coronation Anthems to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953
with Salisbury Symphony Orchestra
Saturday 24 June 2023
7.30pm
Salisbury Cathedral

Mozart

Vespers, Exsultate Jubilate, Coronation Mass
Salisbury Symphony Orchestra
with John Challenger (conductor), Keri Fuge (soprano), Emma Lewis (mezzo soprano), Edward Rimmer (tenor), Charles Cunliffe (bass)

“Vesperae solennes de confessore” dates from 1780, and is scored for SATB soloists and chorus, orchestra, and organ. It was the last of Mozart’s compositions while at Salzburg Cathedral. Audiences will be familiar with the wonderful aria “Laudate Dominum”, in which the choir joins the soprano soloist for the Gloria.

“Exsultate, Jubilate” is a gem among solo soprano works. Composed in 1772-73 during a run of his opera “Lucio Silla”, it might be seen as almost a sideline among Mozart’s prodigious output, but has justifiably achieved great acclaim. The “Alleluia” is especially beautiful.

The Coronation Mass is one of Mozart’s 17 such settings. Although relatively short, and thus qualifies as a “missa brevis”, it contains all the elements of the Ordinary. It was composed in 1779 and was, as far as can be ascertained, first performed at the coronation of Francis II as Holy Roman Emperor in 1792

Saturday 25 June 2022
7.30pm
Salisbury Cathedral

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius

With Paul Nilon, tenor, Catherine Carby, mezzo-soprano, and Jonathan Lemalu, bass
Saturday 2 April 2022
7.30pm
Salisbury Cathedral

Monteverdi: Vespers

Monteverdi: Vespers
Saturday 20 November 2021
7.00pm
Salisbury Cathedral

Britten and Rutter

Britten: St Nicolas
Rutter: Magnificat
Chelsea Opera Group Orchestra

Saturday 16 November 2019
7.30pm
Salisbury Cathedral

Haydn and Vivaldi

Haydn: Nelson Mass
Vivaldi: Gloria
Salisbury Symphony Orchestra

Saturday 22 June 2019
7.30pm
Salisbury Cathedral

Mozart and Bach

Mozart: Mass in C Minor K427
Bach: Cantata BWV182 Himmelskönig, sei willkommen (in German)
Chelsea Opera Group Orchestra

Saturday 13 April 2019
7.30pm
Salisbury Cathedral