Sussex Concerts

Concert Details

Title: AUTUMN CHORAL EXTRAVAGANZA: Rossini, Puccini, Bizet, Verdi, Purcell and Donizetti
Performed by: Fernhurst Choral Society
Time: Saturday, 23 November 2019, at 7:30pm
Place: St Mary’s Church, Petworth
Description: Fernhurst Choral Society, conducted by Tim Ravalde, will perform Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle and several popular opera choruses.

The Messe is a delightful work with its unusual accompaniment of two pianos and harmonium, which captures one’s attention from the very first few notes.

The concert will open with March of the Toreadors, the prelude to the opera. This is undoubtedly the most well-known melody from Bizet’s Carmen. It has been used in films and commercials for years and its infectious rhythms and rousing melody make it an ideal concert opener. It’s followed as contrast by the Humming Chorus from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, one of the most famous of opera excerpts; a lullaby providing a moment of calm and tranquillity. The Petite Messe Solennelle then forms the central piece of the concert. After which, Donizetti’s Chorus of Wedding Guests from Lucia di Lammermoor provides a jubilant foot-tapping celebration of the nuptials. This is followed by the beautiful (but ultimately fatal) Dido’s Lament and chorus from Dido and Aeneas by Purcell. The concert concludes with the familiar and glorious Brindisi “The Drinking Song” from La Traviata by Verdi as a merry finale to an enjoyable evening. Don’t miss it!

Concert Programme

Bizet March of the Toreadors from Carmen
Puccini Humming chorus from Madama Butterfly
Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle (Part 1)


Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle (Part 2)
Donizetti Chorus of wedding guests from Lucia di Lammermoor
Purcell Lament and final chorus from Dido and Aeneas
Verdi Brindisi from La Traviata

Tickets: Tickets are available at £15 from:
Fernhurst newsagents,
Ticket Manager, Tel: 01730 815708 or on the door.
Free Entry for NUS cardholders and accompanied under 18s
Contact: Fernhurst Choral Society:

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