King's Lynn Festival Chorus

Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle

Sunday 21 July 2024

4pm • St Nicholas' Chapel • £20 / Under 16s free

Ben Horden Conductor
Hilary Cronin Soprano
Emma Roberts Mezzo Soprano
Zahid Siddiqui Tenor
Dan D’Souza Baritone
Ian Tindale and Ella O’Neill Pianos
Ben de Souza Accordion

From pathos to ecstasy and packed with all the musical drama of the theatrical stage, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle is where church meets opera house and transports us to the lavishly furnished salons of Paris, for where the work was intended. With a life and career dedicated to the opera stage, this last of Rossini’s serious works — from the collection Péchés de vieillesse (Sins of old age) — intended to serve as something as a passport to what lies beyond earthly life. Although setting some of the most exalted texts, Rossini remains theatrical to the end and the work comprises an extraordinary variety of outrageous movements, from the melancholy and desolation of the ‘Crucifixus’, to the hair-raising ecstasy of the ‘Et resurrexit’ with love duets, trios, and thrilling fugues between.

The work is performed with chorus, four soloists, two pianos, and accordion (as it was originally intended and rather than with harmonium as it is so often heard). As has become our wont, we are delighted to be joined by a starry team of guest artists: soprano Hilary Cronin, alto Emma Roberts, tenor Zahid Siddiqui, bass Dan D’Souza, pianists Ian Tindale and Ella O’Neill, and accordionist Ben de Souza. The performance is under the direction of Music Director, Ben Horden.

Tickets on sale from 13 April

This event is promoted by King's Lynn Festival Chorus

St Nicholas' Chapel

St Nicholas' Chapel

St Nicholas' Chapel, St Ann's Street, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1LT

  • Uneven paving on approach to doors.
  • Toilet facilities now available in the chapel.
  • Wheelchairs accessible through the main door.
  • A limited number of wheelchair spaces are available and must be booked in advance - please specify when booking.

The nearest car park is Chapel Street and Tuesday Market Place. Please note: Charges apply 24 hours a day, including for Blue Badge holders. Please ensure you pay the correct fee.  Current charges are available on the borough council website:

Seating is unreserved.  The acoustic is excellent throughout the chapel but an unrestricted view of the performance area cannot be guaranteed from all seats - in some cases, the view is extremely restricted.


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