Sacred sounds of Rossini

Gioachino Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle presented by Alnwick and District Choral Society, St Paul’s Church, Alnwick, Sunday, March 11, 7.30pm. Admission £9, conc £8 at the door.

ALNWICK and District Choral Society present Petite Messe Solennelle next weekend.

This late work by Gioachino Rossini – famous for such comic operas as William Tell and The Barber of Seville – is an unusual piece.

Although it is sacred music, it was originally written to be performed in a Paris mansion, home of high-ranking friends of the composer, before an invited audience.

It is accompanied by the combination of a harmonium and a piano – something which is unusual for this day and age, although quite normal in Rossini’s time if there was no pipe organ at the venue.

The four soloists for this performance are all professional singers, engaged with Opera North or Scottish Opera, as well as singing the solo parts in oratorios and other concerts up and down the country.