"Every time I conduct a major choral work I think "This is my favourite", as the beauty of the music bowls me over. So it is now with Mozart's Requiem. I first really studied it in 1962,when I had to prepare an East Anglian choir for Benjamin Britten to conduct at Aldeburgh.
To be included - as audience, soloist or choir - on Remembrance Sunday is a privilege. It is particularly poignant as Mozart was only 35 when he died. Reading the score of the Requiem for the last time he said "Did I not tell you that I was writing this for myself?" Two hours later he was dead.
The short John Ireland work is so appropriate for this day; the words, all scriptural, are chosen carefully to help us better understand sacrificial love. It was written in 1912, with uncanny foresight: "Greater love hath no man than this - that a man lay down his life for his friends." The music sounds simple and beautiful, but is full of complexity.
The performance will last a little over one hour, and there will be no interval. Tickets at the door £10 for the Friends of Salthouse Church and the Royal British Legion, Remembrance Sunday, November 14th at 3.30 p.m.