Classic Notes: with Anna Brosnan

Anna Brosnan.
Anna Brosnan.

One of the best-known former child prodigies in the history of music, Mozart’s impact on the world of composition is still regularly celebrated across the world.

Known for many light-hearted pieces, such as his upbeat opera The Marriage Of Figaro, Mozart’s Requiem stands out as extremely dark and brooding.

And it is this piece, said to be the last composition he wrote on his death-bed in 1791, and left unfinished by his own hand, that will be performed at Northampton’s Royal & Derngate next month.

Mozart’s Requiem will be performed on February 16 (7.30pm) by performers including the Northampton Bach Choir and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Renato Balsadonna. The evening will open with Alexandra Dariescu performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21. Tickets cost £14.50.

A celebration of Mozart’s music will also be aimed at young musical minds as the theatre will be staging sessions earlier on the same day. There will be a chance for youngsters to enter the world of the orchestra. They will learn songs, play musical games and talk to players about what life is really like in an orchestra, as well as creating their own pieces. No instrumental skills are necessary, although children are welcome to take along instruments.

Mozart Magic for ages 2–5 years will be held from 11.30am until 12.30pm and, for ages six to 13 years, from 1pm until 2.30pm. Tickets cost £2.50. To book any of these events, see www.