Benjamin Britten: War Requiem
Basingstoke Choral Society
Southampton Philharmonic Choir
Southampton University Philharmonic Choir
City of Southampton Orchestra
London Mozart Players
A lifelong pacifist, Benjamin Britten was asked to compose the War Requiem for the consecration of the rebuilt Coventry Cathedral after its destruction in World War II.
The work weaves together the Latin Mass text of a traditional requiem with the devastating war poetry of Wilfred Owen to produce a powerful denunciation of the wickedness of war and a warning to future generations of the senselessness of taking up arms against one’s fellow man. 2018 marks the centenary of the end of World War I, and given its subject matter, this timeless message of peace gives us all the opportunity to acknowledge all those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Basingstoke Choral Society, Southampton Philharmonic Choir, the Southampton University Philharmonic Choir the City of Southampton Orchestra and London Mozart Players combine their considerable forces for this unique performance, and will be joined by a children’s choir drawn from The Pilgrims’ School, Winchester, and St. Gabriel’s School, Newbury.
Tickets: £27, £23, £15; Under 16s and f/t students £7 (includes £2 booking fee) Group rate available. Early bird offer: save £2 per ticket if booked by 28 Feb by quoting “WRFEB18”- call the box office to book.