The Complete Mozart Masses
And so it's all over! This fantastic idea of David Brophy's to sing all 17 Mozart Masses over a series of concerts took on a life of it's own since we launched the series in January 2014 and the choir has thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We have seen our capacity to learn new music quickly grow exponentially and we have enjoyed watching our audiences grow from concert to concert as word got out about what we are doing.
This highly ambitious series also allowed us and our audiences to chart the evolution of Mozart’s style from the early Missa Brevis in G, written when he was just 12, through the magisterial Coronation Mass, to his final Mass, the Requiem, used to magical effect in Peter Shaffer’s 1984 film Amadeus. The series has offered a fascinating insight into the life and work of the man whose music, according to the great violinist, Isaac Stern, “is like an X-ray of your soul”.
And so we would like to heartily thank our audience who have followed and supported us throughout the series, as well as our Patrons, without whose financial support the project would not have been viable.
Thanks also to the Fishamble Sinfonia and all the amazing young soloists who sang with us throughout the concerts. We look forward to working with all of them again.
Watch RTE Television's "Nationwide" piece on the preparations for the series below.
The Fishamble Sinfonia
Fishamble Sinfonia was founded in the summer of 2013 by a small group of music students driven firstly by the idea that orchestral music should be accessible to the broadest possible audience, and secondly by an ambition to achieve vitality and excellence in performance.
The ensemble aims to promote and provide young orchestral players with the opportunity to perform works from beyond the standard repertoire with an emphasis on 18th century classical music, to create a positive social atmosphere and a constructive working experience for its players, to strive to make music to its highest attainable standards, and to act as a pre-professional platform for its aspiring players.
The orchestra consists of some of the finest young players in Ireland, the majority of whom study music in Dublin, Cork, Manchester and London, drawing orchestral experience from Ireland and Europe’s youth, amateur and professional orchestras.
Under the artistic direction of David Brophy, the orchestra held a highly successful workshop during the summer of 2013 exploring works by Pisendel, Chellieri and Haydn, spanning from the early to the late classical era.
Fishamble Sinfonia officially launched themselves onto the Dublin music scene in September 2014 at the Smock Alley Theatre. You can read an Irish Times review here.