The Faure Requiem is right up there in my list of Favourite Works. I have played the violin solo part before (with choir and organ), but nothing more - apart from repeated listening. So when I was asked to be part of a small orchestra performing it with a choir, of course I said yes. Even though the performance was on the Sunshine Coast.
It wasn't a perfect performance - for my own part, I had a bit of clefilepsy, and there were a couple of other slips from others (but not huge or glaringly obvious). However, it was one of those that confirm for me why I am a musician. During the introit, I looked into the audience, and saw a woman with eyes closed, smiling. I know this doesn't sound like much, but she was so obviously enjoying this, and a part of what we were creating at that time. It made the trip all worthwhile.