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9th June 2018

Our first performance, in Winchester Cathedral was a memorable occasion. The audience certainly seemed very appreciative, with prolonged applause. This feedback is typical of what we heard from various members of the audience:

“I was blown away by the performance. The combination of the music and words was so moving. I sometimes find modern pieces, which I haven’t heard before, hard to get. However in this case the composition was one which you could follow so clearly. The interweaving of the Owen’s poetry with the Latin mass was so effective. At the end, we were all left in a profound silence.”

21st May 2018

Brian and Leslie took a break in the last joint rehearsal to record their thoughts on conducting and performing the War Requiem.

You can see a video of the conversation here.

 

 

18th May 2018: A message from the Bishop of Winchester, The Right Reverend Tim Dakin

Although Bishop Tim is unable to join us for the performance of the War Requiem on 9th June, he has kindly sent a message of support:

‘I am truly sorry that I will not be able to attend this memorial performance.  Music can express and evoke our deepest emotions, and it is important that we remember with sorrow the pain and suffering of war, and the enormous sacrifice of human life with which we often connect the words of Jesus: “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”  Britten imaginatively uses the liturgy of a Eucharist in memory of the dead – but the Eucharist is always a celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, and even in solemn remembrance of the pain of war, we celebrate the hope of resurrection which he has given us.  I am sure that this performance, this act of remembrance, will inspire all of the themes of life, death and resurrection.’

1st May 2018

We are very grateful to the Williams Church Music Trust for a generous grant towards the cost of putting on our performances.

28th April 2018

We were delighted to return to Dr Challoner’s High School in Little Chalfont for our second joint rehearsal. About 140 singers from both choirs attended, and we had a hard day’s work going through the complete work, building on what had been achieved in our separate rehearsals, and pinpointing areas to concentrate on. It was also a good opportunity for members of the two choirs to get to know each other better. The next time we will meet will be in Winchester Cathedral on June 9th.

 

April 2018

You can download a poster with all the details for both performances here. Do share with friends, family and anyone who might be interested.

March 2018

We are proud to be supporting the work of the Royal British Legion through our performances. The Royal British Legion has generously allowed us to incorporate their iconic symbol, the poppy, into our logo, and we are hoping to raise funds for the charity by having a retiring collection at the end of each performance. In addition, we will donate £1 to the Royal British Legion from the sale of every programme.

 

 

December 15th 2017

Tickets for the Winchester Cathedral performance on June 9th 2018 are now on sale. Visit our Winchester page for further details.

 

30th September 2017: First Joint Rehearsal of the War Requiem