Saw the operatic Verdi Requiem at the Roy Thomson Hall – never fails to stir one’s soul (it’s all bad but save me!) And I simply can’t imagine it being performed as part of a mass, as you could with the music of Haydn or Mozart.
The first balcony above the orchestra holds not, as you may think, Torontonians dressed remarkably uniformly to attend, but the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. It is rumoured that after getting a lukewarm review at the Proms one year that the next time they came, the ladies all wore fake pearls which they launched towards the audience at the end of the performance. (Can’t find corroborating evidence, but I heard it on the BBC so it must be true).