Requiem Mozart

A unique performance of the famous requiem by Mozart was presented by multiple departments of HKU Utrechts Conservatorium on Friday 3 February. No less than 120 students came together in Jacobikerk to bring alive Mozart’s last work: one of the unmistakable highlights in the canon of choir and orchestra music.

Participating were students of the Utrecht Conservatory String Orchestra, 75 students of Music in Education, united in the Education Choir and students of vocals and choir conducting from the Bachelor and Master of Music. The orchestra was led by the Bellamy Quartet, consisting of four teachers of HKU Utrechts Conservatorium. The orchestra master was Lis Perry, violin player and teacher at the Conservatorium with 30 years of experience as master of the Radio Philharmonisch Orkest.

Mozart's requiem
A requiem, or mass for the dead, focuses on a theme that concerns us all: our own mortality. It is a musical depiction of the road from darkness towards the light. This universal and timeless theme explains why Mozart’s requiem, even 230 years after its conception, still appeals to our imagination. The students of HKU Utrechts Conservatorium gave this grand classical work a new place in our current times, with an energy and vibrance that radiated from the stage.

The requiem by Mozart is one of the most appreciated and admired works in his repertoire. It is thought that he came up with the composition before and during his sick bed in November and December 1791. At the time of his death on 5 December 1791, the work remained unfinished. Mozart’s former pupil, friend and colleague Frans Xaver Süßmayr completed the work in the spirit of his master. The requiem as it was performed by HKU Utrechts Conservatorium is the finished version by Süßmayr.