The Midlands première (and second ever performance) of Michael Walsh’s Requiem, written in 2015, was given by the Keyworth Choir in Keyworth Methodist Church at 7.30 pm on Saturday 9 April 2016.
The Requiem is a work in 8 movements, using the traditional Latin text, and is written for choir with organ accompaniment and soprano and bass solos. It is a blend of contemplative, dramatic and beautiful music. Colin Russell, Keyworth Choir’s conductor, says “It is a very accessible contemporary piece, tonal, tuneful and distinctive”.
Michael Walsh is a freelance musician based in Chichester. He studied singing and organ at the Royal School of Church Music and Trinity College of Music and after 18 years as Head of Music of a large comprehensive school and as a Lay Clerk in Chichester and Portsmouth Cathedral Choirs, he is devoting more time to composition. His main interest has always been in sacred music. He was also Artistic Director and Conductor of the Chichester Symphony Orchestra and was Musical Director of the Chichester Amateur Operatic Society. He sings with the chamber choir Chichester Voices, to whom he is composer-in-residence.