bury  singing bach  since choir  1932
bury                                 singing bach                                 since  choir                                 1932

War and Peace

A Remembrance concert

for the centenary of the end of World War I

Ralph Vaughan Williams
Maurice Duruflé

Saturday 10 November 2018


(concert ends 9.20pm approximately)


The Apex, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds


Vaughan Williams              Dona Nobis Pacem

Duruflé                                Requiem


Camilla Jeppeson soprano

Valerie Reid mezzo-soprano

Tom Asher baritone


Prometheus Orchestra

Bury Bach Choir

Philip Reed conductor


The evening opens with Fanfare for St Edmundsbury, a complex and fascinating fanfare for three trumpets written by Benjamin Britten for the 1959 “Pageant of Magna Carta” in the grounds of St Edmundsbury Cathedral.


To commemorate the end of the First World War one hundred years ago this weekend, the concert continues with Ralph Vaughan Williams’ epic cantata Dona Nobis Pacem in a new orchestration for small orchestra and organ by Jonathan Rathbone.  Written in 1936 and inspired by the Great War, the work is an urgent plea for peace amidst the growing fears of a new war.  


The six parts, each of which includes the words “give us peace” in a variety of settings, lead us from apprehension of the coming conflict, through the violent sounds of war and the resultant misery and loss, to eventual reconciliation and optimism for future peace.


Then follows Requiem by Maurice Duruflé.  Completed in 1947, as the world emerged from the Second World War, this ever popular piece for choir and two soloists fuses the spare language of plainsong with sensuous harmonies and melodies. The central Pie Jesu is electrifying and as we reach In Paradisum the sense of peace and hope expressed throughout the piece comes to a truly breathtaking conclusion.

After the performance there will be a retiring collection for SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity that provides support for those serving in the armed forces, veterans and armed forces families.  Please come prepared.

Booking opens 3 September 2018

Tickets £25, £20 and £15 (all seats reserved)

Apex booking fee £1 per ticket

Early booking discount £1 off all tickets booked by 30 September 2018

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