Exultate Chamber Singers open 30th season Friday with two of the 20th century's finest Requiem settings
On Friday, the excellent Exultate Chamber Singers open their 30th season with my favourite setting of the Requiem Mass -- the one by Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986). They will also sing the powerful music of Duruflé's English organist-composer counterpart, Herbert Howells (1892-1983) -- including his very different Requiem.
The choir will be led by its founding artistic director, University of Toronto professor and St. Thomas's Anglican Church music director, John Tuttle. This is Tuttle's final season with the choir, which was born out of a group of university students who wanted to keep working with him after graduation.
Tuttle is being replaced next season by New Zealander, Dr. Karen Grylls (she is the second Kiwi to take over an excellent local choir, joining Elise Bradley, who became the artistic director of the Toronto Children's Choir in 2007).
Friday's concert is being accompanied by Matthew Larkin at the organ of St. Thomas's Church, 383 Huron St. (just south of Bloor St.). Tickets will be available at the door $15-$25, or you can call 416-971-9229. You can check out the choir's website here.
To give you an idea of what Howells' Requiem sounds like, here is a clip from the Sidney Sussex Choir from Cambridge visiting Memorial Chapel at Stanford University last year: