In January 2017 we will be embarking on a new project, Brahms’ Requiem. Every new work which we undertake has unique challenges, and the most recent one – Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms (set in Hebrew) was certainly no exception!
Brahms’ German Requiem is his largest work, and simply in terms of notes to be learned it is going to stretch us. In the past I have also been put off by the huge forces required for this piece. Brahms envisaged a chorus of 200 singers, and the orchestra is scaled to match this, complete with full brass; far too big for our choir to sing against. However, I have found a new orchestration, by Joachim Linckelmann, which makes the work accessible to smaller choirs. So there is nothing to stop us now!