The Philharmonia Choir of Cape Town performs Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, a large-scale, non-liturgical setting of the Requiem, rarely performed because of the large forces required to perform it. Five choirs and two orchestras are coming together to execute this work in honour of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
The traditional Latin texts of the requiem mass are interspersed with settings of poems by Wilfred Owen, written during World War I. It is scored for soprano, tenor and baritone soloists, chorus, boys’ choir, organ, and two orchestras. A chamber orchestra accompanies the settings of the English poetry, sung by the soloists, while a full orchestra accompanies the choirs in the Latin sections.
The Philharmonia Choir is joining forces with the Symphony Choir of Johannesburg, the Dresden Singakademie adult and children’s choirs, and the St Cyprian’s School Choir. They are accompanied by the Saxonia Youth Orchestra and the Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra. Soloists are Andiswa Makana (soprano), Siyabonga Maqungo (tenor) and Daniel Ochoa (baritone). Conductors include Milko Kersten (mass choir and large orchestra), Richard Cock (chamber orchestra) and Claudia Sebastian-Bertch (children’s choir).
Venue: Every Nation Church, Solly Smiedt St, N1 City, Cape Town
Time: 8pm to 10pm
Cost: R200 | Golden Circle R260