The University of Essex Choir and Canterbury Choral Society Youth Choir sing Benjamin Britten War Requiem at Snape Maltings Concert Hall Saturday 3 May 2014 7pm
Performed with Essex Sinfonia, Alwyn Mellor soprano, Benjamin Hulett tenor, Benjamin Appl bass and Conductor Richard Cooke.
This monumental work, full of musical emblems of conflict and resolution, for large orchestra, small chamber orchestra, three soloists, full chorus and boys’ choir is a fitting piece for the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Britten weaves together the Latin requiem mass and the poems of Wilfred Owen, one of the greatest of WWI poets killed just days before the 1918 Armistice. The result is one of the most moving and personal works of modern times with a message as powerful in today’s world of conflicts as when written in 1962.
Britten was born in Lowestoft, Suffolk, in 1913. He moved to the Old Mill, Snape, in 1937 before eventually moving to Crag House in Aldeburgh in 1947.
“My subject is War, and the pity of War.First world war centenary
The Poetry is in the pity …
All a poet can do today is warn.” – Wilfred Owen
Tickets: £24, £20, £16, £12 (students £8 for £12 seats) from Aldeburgh Box Office (01728
687110 ) or online at https://tickets.aldeburgh.co.uk/online/
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