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The Bach Choir: Britten's War Requiem

Wednesday October 3, 2018 at 19:30
Westminster Cathedral, London
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  1. War Requiem Op 66 - Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem was composed in 1961 for the consecration of Coventry Cathedral – newly rebuilt following its destruction in the Second World War. Britten took as his inspiration the words of young English war poet, Wilfred Owen, himself killed in action on 4 November 1918, just days before the armistice. The War Requiem profoundly weaves together nine of Owen’s most poignant poems including Anthem for Doomed Youth, Futility and Strange Meeting, with the traditional Latin mass.

A contemporary masterpiece, made an iconic part of The Bach Choir repertoire by their performance in the seminal Decca recording, the War Requiem neither glorifies war nor celebrates its victories; Britten, a pacifist, dedicated the Requiem to four close friends – three of whom were killed during the Second World War.

In preparation for this commemorative event marking the centenary of Armistice, members of The Bach Choir have shared their stories of relatives caught in the conflict on The Bach Choir Youtube channel

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