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

David Gibson conductor

Tickets available from The Anvil box office

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

Early bird offer: save £2 per ticket if booked by 28 Feb by quoting “WRFEB18”- call the box office on 01256 844244 to book.

A lifelong pacifist, Benjamin Britten was asked to compose the War Requiem for the consecration of the rebuilt Coventry Cathedral after its destruction in World War II.

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, and given its subject matter, this timeless
message of peace gives us all the opportunity to acknowledge all those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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