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University Choir in York Minster

Mozart Requiem in Lockdown

Thursday 17 June 2021 at 7.00PM

Bethany Seymour  soprano
Jeanette Ager  alto
Gwilym Bowen  tenor
Frederick Long  bass
Peter Seymour, Ben Horden  pianos

The University of York Choir was to have performed Mozart’s Requiem with the Royal Northern Sinfonia in the splendour of York Minster on 17 March 2021. Like all public events in the spring, this concert could not go ahead, but choir members were determined to continue meeting and to rehearse this wonderful work online.


We invited the four soloists into the University of York’s Department of Music to record not only their solo parts but also the chorus parts of the work’s two best-known movements: the Dies Irae and Benedictus. The orchestral parts were reduced to a two-piano version played by Ben Horden and Peter Seymour, who also directed the singers. This recording was then sent to Choir members to support them in their own recording of the chorus parts. All videos were combined by the Department’s technical team to produce a short online performance that gives a striking flavour of Mozart’s moving and compelling work, as well as a tribute to the challenges of performing in lockdown.


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To watch the performance, please visit our YouTube channel (link below) at the date and time shown above.

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