Saturday 4th April 2020, 7.30pm*
The Derby Choral Union Committee has taken the unfortunate unanimous decision to cancel their forthcoming Spring Concert planned for 4th April in response to the evolving events surrounding the COVID-19 virus outbreak. They will shortly be issuing refunds to all those who have purchased tickets in advance. For ticket queries please contact www.dcu.org.uk
Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle (Little solemn mass) was written in 1863, possibly at the request of Count Alexis Pillet-Will for his wife Louise to whom it is dedicated. The composer, who had retired from composing operas more than 30 years before, described it as "the last of my péchés de vieillesse" (sins of old age).
The extended work is a missa solemnis, but Rossini labelled it, not without irony, petite (little).
Conducted by Derby Choral Union Music Director Paul Provost.