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Rossini - Petite messe Solennelle

The Great Hall, The Cornerstone Theatre
Liverpool Hope University L6 1HP
Saturday March 30th 2019 - 7.30 p.m.
Rossini had been retired from writing opera for thirty years when this mass was written. It was the last of what he called his ‘Sins of Old Age’, comprising 13 volumes of music. The mass was not written for a church performance but for a lavish Parisian salon. Hence the scoring of just two pianos and harmonium.  
The manuscript is annotated by the composer: “Good God; there we have it – complete – this poor little Mass. Is it really sacred music, or is it really abominable music?' [Rossini is punning on the word sacrée, meaning both ‘holy’ and ‘damned’]. 'I was born for Opera Buffa as well thou knowest. A little skill, a little heart, and that is all. Be blessed then and grant me Paradise.”
Musical Director :              Keith Orrell  
Soloists:  Soprano - Catrin  Woodruff  
Alto - Charlotte Badham  
Tenor - Matt Mears  
Bass/baritone - James Berry  
Accompanists:  Piano - Stephen Hargreaves and Robert Woods  
Harmonium - Jonathan Bowde
Tickets : £15 (unreserved) available from Mavis Owens 0151 652 6374 or