Bedford Corn Exchange
Rossini intended this mass for performance in a venue other than a church. Despite the title it is not ‘petite’ (lasting over an hour), but it is, by Rossini’s standards, solemn. A more operatic mass it is difficult to find. It is full of wonderful operatic-style melodies. The scoring is unusual, being for piano and harmonium alone. It was this scoring that Rossini preferred. This work is entertaining, memorable and perfect to enjoy on a summer evening. Come and hear this delightful work! We hope to see you there!