At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of one thousand nine hundred and eighteen, the guns of World War One fell silent. Throughout the world people celebrated and mourned in equal measure.
In December 2018, Swansea Philharmonic Choir will be commemorating the one hundred years since Armistice Day with a performance of one of the most important musical compositions of the twentieth century.
Benjamin Britten’s WAR REQUIEM is a massive statement of the futility and suffering of war and a moving tribute to the dead of two World Wars. It was first performed at the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral – itself a symbol of renewed faith and hope after the desperation and despoliation of the war years. Britten’s powerful music, the words of the Mass and poems from Wilfred Owen, the foremost World War I poet, combine to create a moving and unforgettable experience.
Our concert, in the Brangwyn Hall on Sunday 2nd of December, will be both a celebration of peace and a commemoration of all those who suffered – and continue to suffer – from the effects of war. Two orchestras, a children’s choir and three soloists will join Swansea Philharmonic Choir to make this a unique and very special concert.
My subject is War, and the pity of War.
The Poetry is the pity…
All a poet can do today is warn.
Tickets for this performance can be obtained from any choir member; also full details are to be found on how to reach our Ticket Secretary.
The choir’s conductor will be giving a pre-performance talk in the Hall from 6.30-7 pm
There is only one other performance of this work to be held in Wales this year. It is unlikely to be performed in the UK for another generation of time. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity and we look forward to sharing it with you.
In the programme there will be a full page entitled In Memoriam. This will contain a list of any person who died in any conflict whose relatives wish to remember him / her in this tangible way. Should you wish to include the name of any friend or relative, please send the details to email@example.com. It would be helpful to include full name and rank, regiment, where killed in action and where buried / commemorated. These details should be sent as soon as possible and by mid-October at the latest.
Sponsorship and Donations
Swansea Philharmonic Choir welcomes sponsorship and donations towards the expenses of this performance. Such donations / sponsorship will be acknowledged in the programme. Below please find how you may help:
Thank you very much for your generous support.
Cheques should be made out to Swansea Philharmonic Choir, or donations may be made directly through BACS to
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