THE Mayor of Leek, Councillor John Fisher, has invited Leek Choral Society to present a concert towards his charity fund-raising efforts as he nears the end of his civic year.
The Choral Society will be holding the concert at St Edward's Church in Leek on Friday, February 28, at 7.30pm.
Lovers of choral music will be pleased to learn that the first half of the concert will be a performance of Gabriel Faure's ever popular Requiem.
It is not clear what led Faure to write this work – just possibly the death of his father in 1885.
It was composed in the late 1882, and was already taking shape when his mother died in 1887.
However, Faure himself declared: "My Requiem wasn't written for anything – only for pleasure, if you may call it that."
Its first performance was in Paris in 1888.
The most popular item is the soprano solo Pie Jesu, which will be sung by Anni Hollings.
The other solo piece is for the baritone voice, Libera Me, and this will be performed by Michael Redfearn.
The second part of the concert provides an opportunity for the musical director, Michael Segaud, to demonstrate his virtuosity on the viola.
He will be maintaining the French theme of the concert.
A favourite item will be Faure's Apres un Reve.
Refreshments will be available in the interval.
Tickets for the Civic Concert are priced at £8 for adults and £2 for children under 16 years old.
Tickets are available at the Town Clerk's Office in Stockwell Street, Leek. Telephone: 01538 381271. Alternatively they are available from Picture Book in Stanley Street, or West Street Post Office, both in Leek.