Thursday, 19 September 2013

Premiere of David Goode's Blitz Requiem

St Paul’s Survives, Herbert Mason, 29 December 1940
St Paul’s Survives, Herbert Mason,
29 December 1940
A new choral work, Blitz Requiem by David Goode, celebrates the personal stories of those who survived the blitz notably the London bombings of 1940-41. To be premiered by the Bach Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under David Hill on 26 September 2013 at St Paul's Cathedral, the work is written by David Goode who combines a career as an organist with being Organist and Head of Keyboard at Eton College. The work uses the structure of a Latin mass but with poems by the Second World War poet Frances Warner to evoke images of this momentous period.

The concert also includes Arvo Pärt's Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten,  Vaughan Williams's Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Toward the Unknown Regioni plus music by Tallis, with soloists Emma Tring, Susanna Spicer, Matt Long and Robert Davies. Further information and advance booking from the Barbican Centre website.

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