Journalist Jeremy Bowen shared his Desert Island Discs today, including Brahms Requiem.

Brahms Requiem on Desert Island Discs of Jeremy Bowen

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DISC SIX: Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras.

Composed by Johannes Brahms and performed by Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Herbert von Karajan.

Listen to the Brahms Requiem on Desert Island Discs on BBC Sounds here (30mins in):

Even better, come to Canterbury Cathedral on Saturday 17 June 2023 to listen to the complete work with London Mozart Players, Rebecca Lea, Tristan Hambleton and Canterbury Choral Society.




Hebrides Overture
O for the Wings of a Dove

Saturday 17 June 2023 7.30pm

London Mozart Players
Canterbury Choral Society
Canterbury Choral Society Youth Choir
Richard Cooke
Rebecca Lea soprano
Tristan Hambleton bass

Canterbury Cathedral
Sponsored by Chris Gibbs and family

£32, £27, £21, £17, £10 (unreserved)
£1.50 Booking Fee included

Festival Box Office (Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm)
01227 457568
Festival House, 8 Orange Street, Canterbury, CT1 2JA

Tickets can be sent as an e-ticket, posted, or collected from the venue on the day.

Brahms Requiem

Brahms Requiem is one of the great and warmly-glowing all-time favourites for choirs, full of soaring melody, power and sublime beauty, and one of the greatest choral masterpieces of the 19th Century. Canterbury Choral Society will be joined by the world-class London Mozart Players and promise an evening of high drama and deep musical intensity. The orchestra will perform Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, and the choir will join them in the first half singing Hear My Prayer with its ever-popular solo ‘O for the Wings of a Dove’, immortalised by Ernest Lough in the 1920s in the first ever recording to sell over a million copies.

Not to be missed!

Sponsored by Chris Gibbs and family

London Mozart Players

The London Mozart Players is as fresh, dynamic and pioneering as it was in its inaugural concert, some seventy-three years ago under the direction of founder Harry Blech. In 1949 the LMP’s audience sought out the works of Mozart and Haydn, but today’s audience expect a wide-ranging repertoire – from baroque through to genre-crossing contemporary music and new commissions – and the LMP is only too delighted to deliver.

Recognised as the UK’s longest-established chamber orchestra, the LMP retains its trailblazing reputation to this day. It was the first orchestra in the world to appoint a woman artistic director (Jane Glover in 1988), it is the only UK professional orchestra to be managed operationally and artistically by the players, and was one of the first chamber orchestras to include education and outreach projects within its regular output. LMP was also an early adopter of the digital space, a necessity during the pandemic, and the ensemble continues to present a hybrid of live concerts and digital content to an ever-widening global audience.

Brahms Requiem Desert Island Discs or listen to London Mozart Players perform it in Canterbury Cathedral

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