War Requiem

Saturday, 17 November 2012 - 7:30pm

Britten’s War Requiem stands out as one of a handful of truly great choral works, especially from the pens of British composers.

The Requiem juxtaposes texts from the Latin Requiem Mass with poems by the First World War poet Wilfred Owen (“My subject is war, and the pity of war”) in the most potent and dramatic fashion. The message is unashamedly anti-war and entirely reconciliatory.

Performances of the work are profound, moving and unforgettable.


Jeremy Backhouse conducts Vivace Chorus in:

BrittenWar Requiem

Soloists:  Alla Kravchuk (Soprano), Philip O’Brien (Tenor) and Gareth John (Bass).

Plasma screens will be in place to enhance the performance experience.

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Britten's masterpiece

Britten’s masterpiece was composed in 1962 for the opening of the new Coventry Cathedral in May of that year; the old building having been destroyed by the Luftwaffe.

The soloists

We are proud to be joined by three phenomenal solosists for the War Requiem.

Our soprano is Alla Kravchuk, tenor is Philip O'Brien and baritone Gareth John (sponsored by the Josephine Baker Trust).

War Requiem - Review

Benjamin Britten: War Requiem performed 17th November 2012 in Guildford Cathedral by Vivace Chorus, Freiburg Bachchor, Brandenburg Sinfonia conducted by Jeremy Backhouse with soloists Alla Kravchuk (Soprano), Philip O’Brien (Tenor) and Gareth Brynmor John (Baritone).

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