Britten War Requiem – The Anvil, Basingstoke

Saturday, 9 June 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Paula Sides soprano
Alexander James Edwards tenor
Ashley Riches baritone

London Mozart Players
City of Southampton Orchestra
David Gibson conductor

My subject is War, and the pity of War.
The Poetry is in the pity...
All a poet can do today is warn
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Benjamin Britten included these words by Wilfred Owen on the title page of his War Requiem. The work, an expression of his pacifism, was first performed during the Coventry Festival in 1962, in the rebuilt and newly consecrated Coventry Cathedral. The old cathedral had been virtually destroyed during the Blitz and, after the war, was rebuilt to a new design, in a spirit of reconciliation after conflict.

The work weaves together the Latin Mass text of a traditional requiem with the devastating war poetry of Wilfred Owen to produce a powerful denunciation of the wickedness of war and a warning to future generations of the senselessness of taking up arms against one’s fellow man. 2018 marks the centenary of the end of World War I – the war that was supposed to end all wars – and Britten's timeless message of peace gives us the opportunity to acknowledge all those whose lives have been forever changed by conflicts across the globe in the hundred years since.

Find out about our Poppy Slips and the Remembrance Wall here.

Basingstoke Choral Society, Southampton Philharmonic Choir, the Southampton University Philharmonic Choir, the London Mozart Players and the City of Southampton Orchestra combine their considerable forces for this unique performance, and will be joined by a children's choir from The Pilgrims’ School, Winchester.

Tickets available from The Anvil box office

£27, £23, £15; Under 16s and full-time students £7 (includes £2 booking fee). Group rate available.

There will be a retiring collection in aid of Help for Heroes, a charity that provides recovery and support for the Armed Forces community whose lives have been affected by their service, to empower the wounded, injured and sick to look beyond illness and injury, regain their purpose, reach their potential and have a positive impact on society.