Requiem rehearsals are on track

MEMBERS of Market Rasen and District Choral Society had an enthralling, absorbing and exhausting time when they spent the whole day rehearsing the Requiem they will be performing this month.

The day was led by the composer of the Requiem, Rowland Lee.

He was very clear as to how he wanted the performance to sound and was able to illustrate his thoughts with interesting stories about the background to the piece.

The choir ended the day enthused and fascinated but very tired, with some hoarse voices the day after.

Rowland Lee was born in Southern England and now lives near Horncastle.

He was a student at the Royal College of Music and since graduating has pursued a varied career, ranging from composing and conducting serious concert works to orchestrating and directing musical theatre and ballet.

He has also composed soundtracks for television and film.

The first performance of the ‘Requiem’ in its present form in this country will be on May 12 at De Aston School.

The concert, Sounds of Lincolnshire, will also include Fantasia Lindum, a suite of songs written and arranged by John Gladwin.

To enhance the Lincolnshire theme there will be local produce and wine available.

Tickets are available from Priceless and the Gift Horse in Market Rasen and the Post Office in Caistor, as well as from any member of the choir.