Salisbury Musical Society begins its centenary year with a performance of the heart-wrenching and beautiful Brahms’ Requiem in Salisbury Cathedral on Saturday, 25th March at 7.30pm.
100 singers celebrate 100 years
SMS will be joined by soloists Brittany King (soprano) and Bozidar Smilijanic (baritone), and the Chelsea Opera Group Orchestra conducted by Salisbury Cathedral’s director of music, David Halls.
David has composed a celebratory short anthem, The Beauty of Holiness, to be premiered during the evening. 100 years ago when the SMS inaugural concert took place, on a Wednesday afternoon in March 1923, approximately 3,000 people flocked to the cathedral to hear Brahms’ Requiem. This was probably an “early-closing” afternoon in Salisbury. Health & Safety regulations would limit this number now.
Of course, 100 years ago, attending a live concert was the only way audiences could hear large scale works such as the Requiem. Radio broadcasting had only started in 1922.
Tickets £10-40 online or on the door. Students with ID and children £5 side aisle seats.