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Fauré’s Requiem: Music for Reflection and Hope

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24th October 2021
Sun 3.00pm

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Fauré’s Requiem: Music for Reflection and Hope

Gabriel Jackson: The Promise for chorus (World premiere)
TallisHymn
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis
Richard Blackford: Vision of a Garden for chorus (World premiere)
Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine
Fauré: Requiem

Royal Festival Hall, London

Orchestra - Philharmonia Orchestra

Conductor - David Hill

Soprano - Katy Hill

Baritone - Gareth Brynmor John

Presenter - Anna Lapwood

Singers from - NHS Chorus-19

Concert Synopsis

This concert continues The Bach Choir’s strong tradition of both heritage and innovation, as Fauré’s Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine are paired with two new works composed during lockdown.

Vision of a Garden, by Ivor Novello award-winner Richard Blackford, sets a moving text by choir member Peter Johnstone.

It incorporates text from diaries written for Johnstone by NHS staff during his many weeks on a ventilator to battle and overcome COVID-19.

The concert begins with The Promise – an emotive unaccompanied work presented alongside a powerful short film.

Vaughan Williams’ Tallis Fantasia showcases the trademark warmth and beauty of the Philharmonia’s string section. Prior to this we will be joined by singers from an NHS choir to sing the Tallis Hymn set to new words.

The more than 150 singers of The Bach Choir return to the concert platform with an afternoon of reflection and hope for the future.