classical music

The Bach Choir: Petite Messe Solennelle

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

19th-century Italian opera genius Rossini described this ‘little solemn mass’ composed in 1863 as ‘the last of my sins of old age’ (he was 71).

Rossini had finished composing opera thirty years before.

Nevertheless, this work reflected his ability to compose memorable and singable melodies – alongside supremely well-worked counterpoint for the unusual combination of piano and harmonium.

The name may be self-deprecating but this is an extended mass setting, full of drama, colour and heartfelt emotion.


David Hill conductor
Helena Dix soprano
Katie Bray mezzo-soprano
Ben Thapa tenor
Richard Wiegold bass
Iain Farrington piano
Philip Scriven harmonium
The Bach Choir


Rossini: Petite messe solennelle

Dates & times

3 Mar 2021
Approximate run time: 120 mins
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Queen Elizabeth Hall


£18 - £40
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
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