On BBC Radio 4’s Front Row Cultural Exchange last night (Monday 13 May, 2013) the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Rev Justin Welby, spoke of the importance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem.

Listen to the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Rev Justin Welby, speaking to Mark Lawson about the War Requiem by Benjamin Britten



Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem concert in Canterbury Cathedral on Saturday 26 October 2013, 7.30pm

True to the reconciliatory power of the original recording, soloists will be Russian, British and German.

Evelina Dobracheva soprano
Benjamin Hulett Tenor
Benjamin Appl Bass
Canterbury Philharmonic Orchestra
Canterbury Choral Society
Canterbury Choral Society Youth Choir
Richard Cooke conductor

VENUE: Canterbury Cathedral

TICKETS: £28.50, £25, £18, £10 (on general sale 5 August 2013) from Canterbury Festival

Come to Canterbury Cathedral to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten. Canterbury Festival 2013 will include Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem and true to his ambition for the first ever performance (thwarted by Soviet Union visa control), we bring together a Russian soprano, a British tenor and a German bass. The original performance of Britten’s War Requiem did not include this powerful reconciliatory union but the original recording did.

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