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Brahms German Requiem 'Wimpole Street Version'
Thu 27 July 2017, 19:30 – 21:00 BST
The Choir of St Marylebone Parish Church
Ben McAteer, baritone
Lucy Hall, soprano
Elizabeth Burgess, piano
Gavin Roberts, piano/director
It was in 1871, at the home of a leading surgeon and his musical wife, that the first British performance of Brahms’s German Requiem took place. The version performed was the composer’s own arrangement for piano duet, chorus and soloists, and sung in English. This surprising London connection came about through Julius Stockhausen, who has been baritone soloist in the German première of 1868 and was a friend of Sir William and Lady Thompson (also one of the piano duettists) of Wimpole Street. The 10-voice choir of St Marylebone Parish Church are an ideal group to recreate this original domestic performance with pianists Elizabeth Burgess, who will play Lady Thompson, alongside St Marylebone Director of Music Gavin Roberts, who will play as Brahms himself, directing from the keyboard!