conducts the chamber orchestra
conducts the main orchestra
Principal 'Cello: Yvonne Ashby
As the new Cathedral at Coventry rose from ruins of the destroyed city in 1962, Britten was given free rein to express the shared grief of the war-torn city in a mass for the consecration of the new building. The resulting work is very complex, with poetry and dialogue in tenor and baritone voice punctuating, or being punctuated by, a solomn recital of the mass by a double choir with full orchestra and organ, and the focal force of a soprano soloist.
The male soloists have an orchestra of their own. A small chamber orchestra to gently augment the words of Wilfred Owen, who tragically lost his life in a military action just one week before the armistice brought peace to the Western Front at the end of the Great War.
Tonight the soloist for the mass is soprano Catherine Hamilton, while Owen's Poetry is performed by tenor Stefan Sbonnik and baritone Julian Rippon. Catherine and Julian have performed together many times, memorably in Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Sea Symphony" on 5 April 2014. Stefan joins the orchestra from Marion Wood's new home of Münster in Germany, where he sings with her in the University Choir.
conducts Schola Exe &
Devon County Junior Choir
The chamber choir which accompanies Owen's poetry will be conducted by EMG principal trumpet, Tony Hindley, who conducted the War Requiem in the 1970's as a student of music at Huddersfield University.
Particular poignancy is brought to the mass by the voices of a children's choir drawn from the Devon County Junior Choir and the alumni of Exeter Cathedral Choir, Schola Exe. Their singing is conducted in the side aisle by their regular tutor and director, Rachel Smith.
Add a huge choir of several hundred Exeter singers, organ, piano, and the full force of the EMG Symphony Orchestra's many talented musicians, all under the skilled guidance of their regular conductor, Marion Wood, and tonight's performance of the Requiem will fulfill, if not exceed, Benjamin Britten's original vision.
leads the main orchestra
leads the chamber choir
"but I was looking at the permanent stars"
|Charlotte Hindley, Alfie Pugh|
& Zoë Fitzsimmons
main orchestra: percussion
Fionniula Somervillechamber orchestra: harp
main orchestra: tuba
main orchestra: clarinet
|Mike Ogonovsky & Hannah Rice|
main orchestra: horns
|Tony Hindley & Marion Wood|
conduct the chamber and main orchestra
directs the children's choir
|Susan Mitchell, Anna Matthews|
main orchestra: piccolo & flutes
organ & piano
sings Benjamin Britten's setting of Wilfred Owen's poetry
accompanied by Tony Hindley's chamber orchestra
main orchestra: cor anglais
main orchestra: oboe
chamber orchestra: oboe
chamber orchestra conductor
in the Cathedral pulpit
in the main choir