The Bach Choir to give world premiere of ‘Blitz Requiem’ at St Paul’s Cathedral

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The Bach Choir to give world premiere of ‘Blitz Requiem’ at St Paul’s Cathedral

The Bach Choir joins forces with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor David Hill to premiere a brand new work by composer and organist David Goode and poet and dramatist Francis Warner.

The most famous building to survive the Blitz, St Paul’s Cathedral, is to be the venue for the premiere of David Goode’s Blitz Requiem. The composer has set text by Second World War poet Francis Warner, telling the stories of the poet’s family during the intense period of bombings in September 1940.

The new piece, which will be performed by The Bach Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on Thursday 26th September 2013, combines the structure of the Latin Requiem Mass with more personal memories of the war, including Warner’s mother giving birth during a bombing raid, haunting images of dead children in a playground, and air-raid sirens.

Warner said: “It is a great honour that my personal experiences of the Blitz will be lifted into the music of David Goode’s unique gifts, through the expertise of The Bach Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, in this world-wide symbol of faithful endurance – St Paul’s Cathedral – which the full onslaught of the Nazi bombers could not destroy.”

As well as the world premiere of the Requiem, the concert will also feature a selection of music by Thomas Tallis and Vaughan Williams, alongside a performance of Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten, honouring Britten in his centenary year.

Tickets are available from the Barbican Centre by calling the box office on 0207 638 8891, or visiting: http://tinyurl.com/ma7olhr.

For more details of this concert, click here.