Please note: This concert is in the past and has already taken place.


St Clement Danes (RAF Church)


Benjamin BrittenRejoice in the Lamb, Op.30
Benjamin BrittenHymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27
Herbert HowellsTake him, earth, for cherishing
Herbert HowellsRequiem


Christopher Dawe – conductor

Anton Bruckner Choir

Programme Note

Anton Bruckner Choir's forthcoming concert celebrates two of the giants of twentieth century choral music: Herbert Howells (1895-1983) and Benjamin Britten (1913-1976).

The programme features Howells' searing motet Take him, Earth, for Cherishing, composed in 1964 in memory of President John F Kennedy, and the deeply moving Requiem of 1932, written in the aftermath of the death of the composer's son, Michael.  The Britten works include Hymn to St Cecilia, a luminously playful response to the enigmatic Auden poem dedicated to the composer, and the cantata Rejoice in the Lamb - a fifteen minute masterpiece that encapsulates all the greatest things in Britten's music: idiomatic and imaginative word setting drawn from a love of Purcell, driving rhythms, deceptively simple melodies and a deeply compassionate response to human suffering - in this case the torments of the 'mad' 18th century poet Christopher Smart.  

The stunning St Clement Danes in the Strand will provide ideally transparent acoustics for these magnificent works.

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