On Saturday 10th November Coventry Cathedral will be the venue for the first of two performances of Johannes Brahms’ iconic German Requiem. The concert opens with the popular Academic Festival Overture, also by Brahms.
Brahms’ German Requiem is a work which seeks to comfort the living and provides a message of hope for those who mourn as we remember all those lost through the tragedy of war and conflict, as well as those of our own family and friends whom we love still but see no more. Its performance in Coventry on the eve of Remembrance Sunday forms part of the city’s annual Peace Festival.
Coventry Cathedral’s famed Saint Michael’s Singers will be joined by Peers, MPs and staff from the Houses of Parliament who sing in the Parliament Choir, creating an impressive chorus of 150 voices. Local MP Caroline Spelman will be among their number. The Southbank Sinfonia, Britain’s leading orchestral academy, will accompany the singers. Coventry-born Simon Over is Musical Director of the Parliament Choir and founder in 2002 of the Southbank Sinfonia and will conduct the London performance.
Two rising stars of the opera world, Ilona Domnich and Robert Davies, will be the soloists. Soprano Ilona Domnich, born in St Petersburg, has been described as having “a voice of silken beauty”. Baritone Robert Davies was shortlisted in 2007 for the prestigious Jette Parker Young Artists programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in London.
The performance on 10th November in Coventry is conducted by the Principal Conductor of the Saint Michael’s Singers and Associate Director of Music at Coventry Cathedral, Paul Leddington Wright.
Of Brahms’ German Requiem Paul Leddington Wright says: “From the persistent, haunting chords of the opening procession to the exhilarating, jubilant climaxes of the later fugues, the music never fails to engage and captivate. The whole work is full of glorious melodies and musical drama from beginning to end.”
The forthcoming performances of the German Requiem promise to be intensely moving and remind us, in the new Cathedral’s Golden Jubilee year, of the message at the heart of the rebuilding of Coventry Cathedral from the ruins of war.
Tickets: £20 (£18), £15 (£13) (children and students half price) are available from:
Jill Pacey (01676 532436) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Coventry Cathedral Welcome Desk, Priory Street
10 am to 4 pm Monday to Saturday - 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm Sunday
Card payments accepted. http://www.saintmichaelssingers.org/events