Autumn Term 2018 – Brahms Requiem

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Autumn Term 2018 – Brahms Requiem

Hampstead Chorus‘s Autumn term will begin on Wednesday 5th September when we will start rehearsing Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem (German Requiem), which we will be singing in its original German version.  Our concert, accompanied by professional soloists and orchestra as usual, will be on Saturday 1st December in the Great Hall at UCS.

The subscription for this term will be £75, of which £60 represents the term’s fee and £15 the cost of tuition; this is equivalent to less than £6 per rehearsal.  As we are singing it in German this time, we will be using the Peters Edition and, for those who need it, copies of the choral score will be available for £6.

We are once again offering singers the opportunity to sign up ahead of the first rehearsal and, for those signing up, the opportunity to pay by bank transfer (BACS), which will avoid you needing to find your cheque book! If you have sung with us recently, you should have received an email telling you how to do this.  If you are new to the choir or did not receive an email, please contact us here.

Rehearsal Schedule

All rehearsals are at UCS. Soprano & Alto sectionals are in the New Lecture Theatre. Tenor & Bass sectionals are in M7 in the Music School. Final  rehearsals are in the Great Hall. Wednesday evening rehearsals run from 7.30 – 9.30 pm, with sectionals in the first half and a break for provided refreshments. If you miss a rehearsal or find a passage tricky which we have covered, please go through it in your own time, via one of the learning websites (see below, but please ask if you need more information on this) as there isn’t always time to go over every individual request during rehearsals.

5 September7 pmRegistration
5 September7.30 pmRehearsal – No. 1 Selig sind, die da Leid tragen (page 3
12 September7 pmRegistration
12 September7.30 pmRehearsal – No. 2 Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras (page 11-19)
Finish No. 1 No. 1 Selig sind, die da Leid tragen (pages 3-11)
17 September (NB - this is a Monday not a Wednesday - moved due to Yom Kippur)7.30 pmRehearsal – No. 2 Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras (page 19-27)
26 September7.30 pmRehearsal – No. 3 Herr, lehre doch mich (page 28-38)
3 October7.30 pmRehearsal – No. 3 Herr, lehre doch mich (page 38-43)
10 October7.30 pmRehearsal – No. 4 Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen (page 44)
17 October7.30 pmRehearsal – No. 5 Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit (page 54)
+ Sing through all music to date if time.
24 October No rehearsal - half term
31 October7.30 pmRehearsal – No. 6 Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt (pages 61-72)
7 November7.30 pmRehearsal – No. 6 Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt (pages 73-83)
14 November7.30 pmRehearsal – No. 7 Selig sind die Toten (page 84
21 November7.30 pmRehearsal – Revision all (tricky bits tbc)
28 November7.30 pmRevision all plus Seasonal Social
1 December (Saturday)2.00 pm - 5.00 pmFinal Rehearsal with Orchestra & Soloists [The Great Hall]

Practice Aids

There are many useful practice aids for the Brahms Requiem. Here is a selection:


This is a very user friendly tool which allows you to play your voice part at different speeds and to select passages to go over and over.  Occasionally there can be playback problems with certain browsers (especially Firefox).  If you experience these problems, we suggest you try using a different browser to access Cyberbass.  You may also find a solution to some problems on this page.

John Fletcher Music (requires sign in, but this is free for the German Requiem

Learn Choral Music

There are also individual voice part versions on YouTube.  Remember that you can speed up and slow down Youtube playback in some browsers.

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