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The poetry of Wilfred Owen, sung by Mark Padmore and Roderick Williams, is woven throughout this piece, powerfully giving voice to those who suffer in war. These distinguished soloists, in demand throughout the world, are accompanied by a chamber orchestra, conducted by Xenophon Kelsey MBE.
Cleveland Philharmonic Choir and guest choirs Newcastle Choral Society and Northern Spirit Singers form a chorus over 200 strong. Together with soprano soloist Rachel Nicholls, they sing words from the Latin Requiem Mass, set in wonderfully imaginative ways. They are partnered by the Mowbray Orchestra conducted by John Forsyth MBE.
High above the massed choirs, and accompanied by a chamber organ, is a choir of forty boys and girls from Cleveland Philharmonic Junior Choir, Durham Cathedral choristers and the choir of St Peter’s Church, Stockton-on-Tees. Daniel Cook, Master of the Choristers at Durham Cathedral, is their conductor. Theirs is a distant, mystic sound-world.
The War Requiem was written for the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral in May 1962, the original mediaeval building having been destroyed in a bombing raid in November 1940. In a protest against violence and cruelty, Britten used all his resources to create a work that is both awe-inspiring yet intensely personal. It speaks to everyone – new and experienced listeners alike – and allows an opportunity for reflection on the eve of the centenary of the Armistice that ended the First World War.
Mark Padmore tenor
Roderick Williams baritone
Rachel Nicholls soprano
Cleveland Philharmonic Choir
Newcastle Choral Society
Northern Spirit Singers
Choristers of Durham Cathedral and St Peter’s Church Stockton, with Cleveland Philharmonic Junior Choir.
The Mowbray Orchestra, led by Iona Brown.
Conductors: John Forsyth MBE, Xenophon Kelsey MBE and Daniel Cook (Master of the Choristers, Durham Cathedral).
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