Mozart and Beethoven performed at Choral Concert

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Wells Cathedral was the setting for a spectacular concert of music by two great composers, Mozart and Beethoven, performed by the combined efforts of Millfield pupils, the Millfield Festival Chorus, and professional orchestral musicians.

Proceedings began with a performance of Beethoven’s Egmont overture, a highly dramatic work that suited the acoustics of the Cathedral very well. Based on a play by Goethe, the work traces the story of the titular hero and his self-sacrifice so that freedom may triumph over oppression. Beethoven’s music is full of technical challenges, tempo changes, and extreme expressive contrasts that make this piece so exciting for both performer and listener.

Mozart’s renowned and highly respected Requiem was the main focus of the evening. A masterclass in choral composition, this work features movements for soloists and for chorus, all accompanied by the orchestra. Each movement presented its own challenges: sudden contrasts, fast scales, and complicated rhythms, to name but a few. However, the pupils rose to the occasion, and with the support of the Festival Chorus and professional orchestra, delivered a performance worthy of the surroundings.

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