Britten War Requiem

Bristol Choral Society

Featuring Bristol Choral Society, Gloucester Choral Society, Choristers of Bristol Cathedral and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Conductor Adrian Partington
Soprano Alwyn Mellor
Tenor James Gilchrist
Baritone Stephan Loges

“The poetry is in the pity… all a poet can do is warn”. So wrote Wilfred Owen whose poems are ingeniously stitched into the Latin texts of the Requiem in Britten’s own ‘warning’ – composed to mark the re-consecration of Coventry Cathedral following its destruction by air raid in World War 2. Scored for massive forces including two orchestras, large choir and a boys’ choir, Britten’s impassioned plea for peace and reconciliation stunned its first audience into silence before heartfelt applause at its 1962 premiere. With a trio of distinguished soloists, and fresh from masterminding summer’s Three Choirs Festival, Adrian Partington leads an epic and fitting finale to our Britten 100 weekend.

This event is part of the Britten 100 Weekend

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