On September 26, St Paul's Cathedral hosts the world première of David Goode's Blitz Requiem, a powerful evocation of Britain's darkest days, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and The Bach Choir, conducted by David Hill.
One of the most devastating reminders of the plight of ordinary citizens during the Second World War, the Blitz signifies an unforgettable moment in history, not least for those affected by the incessant bombing of London during 1940-1.
In this remarkable one-off event, The Bach Choir and conductor David Hill present the world premiere of David Goode’s largest-scale work to date, Blitz Requiem. Setting to music the intensely-moving eponymous poem by World War II poet Francis Warner, it tells his personal stories of this momentous period, in the most famous building to survive the Blitz, St Paul’s Cathedral.
The evening's musical programme includes:
Blitz Requiem: David Goode
Hymn : Tallis
Tallis Fantasia: Vaughan Williams
Toward the Unknown Region: Vaughan Williams
Conductor: David Hill
The Bach Choir
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Soprano: Emma Tring
Mezzo: Susanna Spicer
Tenor: Matthew Long
Baritone: Robert Davies
Tickets are priced at £10, £15, £29 and £40 and can be bought here.
Photo: St Paul's Survives, Herbert Mason, 29 December 1940