The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra combines with the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus in company with members of the CBSO chorus, the prize-winning Lindley Junior School from Huddersfield, and three excellent soloists under the baton of Michael Seal, Associate Conductor of the CBSO in Sheffield City Hall. Details here:
This intensely moving work interweaves nine poems by the war poet Wilfred Owen with the Latin Requiem Mass. The juxtapositions highlight the tension between the formulaic and institutional nature of the formal Mass, and the horror and inhumanity of actual war as evoked by Owen. This great work remains wholly relevant today, especially as we approach next year’s commemoration of the start of the First World War.
The performance at 7 pm is preceded by a pre-concert conversation at 6 pm with Prof Mervyn Cooke, a world-renowned expert on the War Requiem.
The concert is sponsored by a member of the Chorus, Steve Terry, who knew Britten well in the 1960s. He describes their relationship and his reasons for sponsoring the concert at this link: http://www.sheffieldphil.org/war_requiem.php