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BBC Philharmonic | Leeds Festival Chorus, City of Glasgow Chorus & Cantabile Choir
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BBC Philharmonic | Leeds Festival Chorus, City of Glasgow Chorus & Cantabile Choir

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BBC Philharmonic
Leeds Festival Chorus
City of Glasgow Chorus
Cantabile Choir

Simon Wright - conductor
Evelina Dobračeva - soprano
Andrew Staples - tenor
Benjamin Appl - baritone

Britten - War Requiem Listen

Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm by Steve Muir.

 

“My subject is War, and the Pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity... all a poet can do today is warn
Wilfred Owen

War Requiem is Britten’s choral masterpiece - a landmark of modern music that is a delicate yet powerful reflection on the futility of war.

Combining works from poet Wilfred Owen, who lost his life in the ‘war to end all wars’, with the ritual of the Latin Requiem Mass the result is timeless and profoundly moving. Heart-wrenching harmonies, melody and orchestration brutally lay bare the reality of one human obeying an order to kill another: a passionate outcry against man’s inhumanity to man.

The BBC Philharmonic, together with Leeds Festival Chorus, City of Glasgow Chorus, Cantabile Choir and a world-class soloists from both Germany and the UK, perform in the awe-inspiring space of Leeds Town Hall to commemorate the moment, 100 years ago, when the guns fell silent.

 

The concert will be finished by approximately 9pm. Please note there is no interval in this concert. 

 

This concert is part of The City Remembers programme. 
 


PRICES:

A £38.16
B £36.04
C £31.80
D £24.91
E £18.55 

Over 60s: £1.50 off
Under 18s/students/unwaged: 50% off
(including booking fees)

Tickets & Times



  • It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness and of pain: of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature and everlasting beauty of monotony.
    Britten


  • My subject is War, and the Pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity... all a poet can do today is warn
    Wilfred Owen


  • So superbly proportioned and calculated, so humiliating and disturbing in effect, in fact so tremendous… every performance it is given ought to be a momentous occasion
    The Times