How to watch
The concert will be streamed online using YouTube Premiere, which you will be able to access via this page on your computer or mobile phone. You can visit and subscribe to the Sonoro YouTube page prior to the concert to test your device, and ensure you receive a reminder when the concert is about to begin.
For the best viewing experience and to be able to participate in chat with other viewers, it is recommended that you have a Google account, although this is not essential.
It should also be possible to watch on a Smart TV if you have Apple TV, Android TV or via the YouTube app. You can also cast directly to your TV using AirPlay or Chromecast..
Supporting Cancer Research UK
Welcome to our online concert – the culmination of a month of online rehearsals exploring the beautiful, comforting, ethereal and profoundly moving masterpiece that is Fauré’s Requiem. Our online choir have been sending in recordings week by week, with guide tracks having been prepared by the Dionysus Ensemble and Sonoro. We are so happy to be joined by the outstanding young voices of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Junior Chorus to sing the Pie Jesu, and by the internationally renowned bass-baritone Matthew Brook.
The performance of the Requiem is preceded by a short motet of Fauré’s teacher – Camille Saint-Saëns – and a beautiful vignette from Cécile Chaminade. We have heightened the sense of occasion by placing our performers ’virtually’ in the church of La Madeleine, Paris, the venue of the first performance of the piece and where Fauré was titular organist. We have also used sampled sounds of the church’s magnificent Cavaillé-Coll organ to add to the atmosphere.
We are very happy to have another project that is able to support Cancer Research UK through our relationship with Requiem to Cancer. Please consider a suggested minimum donation of £10 via the donation page.
We hope that you enjoy this performance.
“Outstandingly refreshing.” BBC Music Magazine
“Classical concerts seldom feel so downright uplifting.” The Scotsman
Camille Saint-Saëns Ave verum corpus
Cécile Chaminade, arr. Michael Higgins Méditation
Gabriel Fauré, arr. Michael Higgins Requiem
RSNO Junior Chorus (Patrick Barrett, Chorus Director)
Matthew Brook, bass-baritone
Leonie Adams, ‘cello
Michael Higgins, organ
Sing with Sonoro Chorus
Wimbledon Choral Society
The Dionysus Ensemble
Neil Ferris, conductor