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Event: Verdi Requiem

Saturday 30th March 2019 at 7:30pm, Watford Colosseum

This concert has been more than three years in the planning  and promises to be a very special occasion.  Verdi’s Requiem is widely loved and enjoyed by audiences and performers alike and is universally acknowledged as a masterpiece of the choral repertoire - some consider it the pinnacle of achievement of choral  composition.

The work will be performed as a ‘Three Choirs Concert’ – a 30-year tradition of periodic collaboration among three of Harrow’s premier choirs.  At the time of the first Three Choirs Concert, Harrow Choral Society, Harrow Philharmonic Choir and Stanmore Choral Society were the only classical choirs in the area and although that situation has changed somewhat over the decades, the tradition of performing together every few years has continued.

Each of the choirs enjoys a reputation for the high quality of their performances and the ensemble of almost 200 voices – accompanied by full orchestra - enables major works such as Requiem to be performed in the style, and to the standard, that the composer intended. Watford Colosseum is one of the few venues in the Home Counties able to accommodate the size of choir, orchestra and audience anticipated for this event. 

The concert will be led by Harrow Choral Society's Conductore and Director of Music, Simon Williams.

Please click here for the concert poster


  • Anush Hovhannisyan

    “ . . . sings the title part with a wonderful round soprano, many facets of interpretation and the finest pianos, great intimacy, dramatic intensity and perfect coloratura.” Maria Stuarda/Stadttheater Klagenfurt/Kleine Zeitung “. . . sweeps all before her with her bright, lyric soprano . . . I’d hazard that this was a ‘star is born moment‘ for the young Armenian.” Violetta: La Traviata/ Scottish Opera/ The Sunday Times Anush was selected to represent Armenia at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017, has won many prizes at festivals. She was a finalist in the 2018 International Opera Awards and was selected for the 2018 Concours musical international de Montréal. She began studying violin at the age of six, went on to study singing at the Yerevan State Conservatory and at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, graduating in 2013 and winning many awards and scholarships. As a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, she has appeared in a variety of toles on the main stage, and sang the soprano solos in Verdi’s Requiem for the Royal Opera House’s Learning and Participation department on tour in France. Her wider engagements include a variety of operatic roles and singing the soprano solos in works such as Shostakovich Symphony No. 14. She has worked with many celebrated conductors, including Antonio Pappano, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Mark Wigglesworth.
  • Sarah Pring

    Mezzo Soprano
    “A special mention is due, however, to mezzo Sarah Pring’s Alisa. Pring was strong in both voice and presence.” Alisa: Lucia di Lammermoor/ English National Opera/ Seen and Heard “Sarah Pring, no stranger to the Coliseum, reprised Mrs Alexander with real confidence and vocal strength.” Mrs Alexander: Satyagraha/English National Opera 2018/ Seen and Heard International Sarah studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and at the National Opera Studio. She began her career at Glyndebourne, gaining the Sir John Christie Award and the ESSO Touring Award. Her repertoire includes a wide range of operatic roles, both classic and modern, for English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera, the Royal Opera, London and many other opera groups. She has sung the Verdi Requiem at Snape Maltings, and other concert engagements include Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Mahler Symphony No. 2, and Mozart Requiem with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Sarah has worked with many notable conductors, including Sir Antonio Pappano and has broadcast for BBC Radio.
  • Alexander James Edwards

    “ . . . (his) tonal quality is sufficiently warm and Italianate for him to field a memorable presence.” Cavaradossi: Tosca/ English Touring Opera/ The Guardian “ His plangent timbre, at once romatic and heroic, is a rare enough beast and makes him the idea Italianate tenor.” Rodolfo: La Boheme/ Raymond Gubbay Ltd at the Royal Albert Hall, London/ What’s On Stage Born in Essex, Alexander James Edwards began singing as a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral, continuing his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. He joined the Young Artists programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, making his debut as Messenger in Aida. Since then he has sung a wide range of operatic roles, in London and Europe, and made his BBC Proms debut in 2006. Other engagements include Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, the 2018 Leeds Castle Classical Concert and an Opera Gala with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2011, he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music by the Governing body of the RAM for distinguishing himself in the field of Opera.
  • Trevor Bowes

    "The other singer whose timbre was particularly pleasing was the Canadian in the cast, Trevor Eliot Bowes, as the ‘bad cook’ Ben Benny. His warm, smooth bass carried without effort.” Ben Benny: Paul Bunyan/English National Opera/ Opera Canada “Trevor Bowes is suitably black-toned and sonorous as the demon-king Arimanes.” Arimanes: Santanella (Balfe)/ Victoria Opera Orchestra/ Naxos/ 2016 Cond. Richard Bonynge/ Gramophone Lyric bass Trevor Eliot Bowes was born in Victoria, Canada and studied at the University of Toronto, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Britten-Pears Young Artists programme, and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He is currently one of Barbara Hannigan’s Equilibrium Young Artists. In recent seasons appearances include roles for English National Opera and at Glyndebourne; he is a full-time member of Opera North, in Leeds, and has also performed in St Petersburg, Moscow, Hamburg and Strasbourg. Concert appearances include Handel’s Messiah for the London Handel Festival, and several appearances at the Aldeburgh Festival. In 2016 he recorded the role of Arimanes in Balfe’s Santanella for Naxos with Richard Bonynge and the Victorian Opera Orchestra.

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