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Fauré’s Requiem: Music for Reflection and Hope

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Fauré’s Requiem: Music for Reflection and Hope

The Bach Choir and the Philharmonia Orchestra join forces for a moving performance featuring two of Faure’s best-loved choral works. This concert continues The Bach Choir’s strong tradition of both heritage and innovation, as Faure’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 diaries written for Peter by NHS staff during his many weeks on a ventilator to battle and overcome COVID-19.

The concert begins with The Promise – a short, emotive unaccompanied work presented alongside a powerful short film. Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia showcases the trademark warmth and beauty of the Philharmonia’s string section. The 150+ singers of The Bach Choir return to the concert platform with the perfect afternoon of reflection and hope for the future.