War and Peace: UEA Choir Concert

30 April 2016
19:30 - 23:00
A  picture flyer advertising the UEA Choir War and Peace concert
UEA Choir, under the direction of UEA Choirmaster Tom Primrose, warmly invite you to join them for their spring concert, ‘War and Peace', on Saturday 30 April, at Norwich Cathedral.

The 160-strong choir, joined by Norwich Cathedral organ scholar Jonathan Stamp, pianist William Fergusson, members of UEA Symphony Orchestra, acclaimed tenor Ben Johnson, mezzo-soprano Claire Barnett-Jones and baritone Jonathan McGovern, will perform Benjamin Britten’s dramatic Ballad of Heroes, Maurice Duruflé’s beautiful Requiem and a selection of small choral works (including Johannes Brahms' Geistliches Lied and Gabriel Fauré's Cantique de Jean Racine). 

Written in 1939 for the Festival of Music for the People, Ballad of Heroes is a work steeped in the political turbulence of the inter-war era. This rarely performed work is considered to be one of Britten's masterpieces, and in many ways is a miniature pre-cursor to the War Requiem. In twenty minutes of powerful music, Britten explores a breadth of political and emotional ideas, with scenes ranging from tempestuous dances to intimate chorales.

Duruflé's much loved Requiem, was completed in 1947 and is dedicated to his father. Chant melodies drawn from the Gregorian "Mass for the Dead" are intertwined with Duruflé's sumptuous harmonies and broad choral textures, exploring themes of grief, the afterlife, forgiveness and rest.

Tickets cost £10 (full price), £8 (seniors) and £5 (students) and are available to purchase by phone or in person from Prelude Records (01603 628319), St George's Music Shop (01603 626414) and Norwich Cathedral gift shop (01603 218323). Tickets are also available to purchase online here

For more information about the concert, visit UEA's Music Centre page, email musicevents@uea.ac.uk or follow @UEAConcerts on Twitter.