March 2001: Mozart Requiem

Mozart, Requiem Mass

Exeter Cathedral, March 2001

Making Music. (The National Federation of Music Societies)

"Very good, particularly clarity and range of expression... The Conductor was in complete control, with excellent rapport between himself and the performers... A most rewarding and enjoyable evening from a society who are making an increasing contribution in high standards in this region... The society held a workshop last January when 280 people attended... This kind of effort deserves wholehearted applause. Well done."

Exeter Express & Echo, April 2001

Source: Margaret Smith

"Mozart's the man to take you right away from the gloom of this grey old world, uplift your soul and transport you to a much more spiritual level. You might guess that I've been in the Cathedral again, this time listening to Exeter Festival Chorus and the Wells Sinfonietta, conducted by Nigel Perrin...

Mozart's Requiem K626 was given in the version brilliantly completed by Duncan Druce rather than the better-known Sussmeyer. With an excellent team of soloists - Alison Smart, soprano; Kathryn Turpin, mezzo soprano; Stephen Foulkes, tenor; and Joseph Cornwell, bass - the work led easily from Introit to Communio. Most notable, perhaps, were the singing of the Lacrymosa, which sounded perfect to me, the powerful Dies Irae and Hostias. Strong sopranos are needed for this work, and we found them in the Festival Chorus. A splendidly enjoyable evening."