Benjamin Britten: War Requiem
: There will be no interval in this performance which will end at approx. 9pm
Vladimir Jurowski conducts Benjamin Britten’s 'War Requiem' -- a work that has lost none of its power or relevance half a century on.
When Britten saw for himself the damage to the city of Coventry after a wartime bombing raid, he set about writing the piece that he hoped ‘would be remembered longest’ after his own death. In his monumental 'War Requiem', the composer pits three contrasting musical ensembles against one another: the chilling innocence of boys’ voices meets the outspoken, acerbic protests of two soldier-like figures and a large chorus and orchestra, through which are channelled the traditional expressions of suffering and deliverance.
Free afternoon concert
Britten 'Noyes Fludde'
The Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall, 2pm-3pm and 4pm-5pm
The LPO and Southbank Centre present Britten's moving setting of the Chester Miracle play, 'Noyes Fludde'. With a cast of professionals, young people from local communities and even the audience, the piece climaxes in a tapestry of bells, bugles, recorders and voices. No ticket required.
Free pre-concert event
Royal Festival Hall, 6pm - 6.45pm
Mark Messenger conducts the Royal College of Music String Orchestra in a performance of Britten's Les Illuminations, Op.18 and Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10.
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Evelina Dobraceva soprano
Ian Bostridge tenor
Matthias Goerne baritone
Neville Creed conductor (chamber orchestra)
London Philharmonic Choir
Trinity Boys Choir