Just home from Holy Week choir rehearsals at Truro. One of the highlights is that we're doing Rutter's entire Requiem on the evening of Good Friday starting at 7:30 p.m. (I'll be one hiding behind the music). If you are in the area on Good Friday, please know you are very welcome.
Here's some more information on the Requiem:
Requiem aeternam - The first movement consists of the Introit from the Tridentine Requiem Mass (Requiem aeternam) and the Kyrie.
The second movement is entitled Out of the Deep, and is based on Psalm 130, a psalm commonly used at Anglican funerals. It contains a prominent cello solo written in C minor.
The third movement is the motet Pie Jesu. It begins with a lyrical soprano soloist singing with a very light accompaniment, with only slight involvement of the chorus echoing the words "Dona eis requiem, Dona eis sempiternam requiem."
The fourth movement is the Sanctus (with Benedictus) and, characteristically, it is a bright, lively, and exclamatory movement which is brightly orchestrated with bells, flute, and oboe and occasional timpani recalling the passage in Old Testament scripture in Isaiah chapter 6, and the worship of the six-winged seraphim in the heavenly throne-room of God.
The fifth movement is the Agnus Dei in the version used in the Tridentine Requiem Mass.
The sixth movement is Psalm 23, another psalm commonly used at Anglican funerals.
The seventh movement includes words from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer Burial Service ("I heard a voice from heaven...") and the communion chant from the Tridentine Requiem Mass (Lux aeterna).